Self-Loathing Almost Ruined My Easter—and I’m Glad It Did – Christian Article

Many times, I’ve felt overwhelmed by the gap between my beliefs and my behavior. The week before one particular Easter, I did something that caused me to deeply dislike myself. On a dinner date with my wife, Patti, I expressed my frustration with a certain individual, and then started tearing the person apart with gossip. After I finished assassinating the person’s character with my words, Patti looked at me and gently responded, “Scott, you know that you shouldn’t have said…

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Church Can Be A Scary Place For Those With Mental Health Issues Like Anxiety, PTSD or Depression… – Healthy Mind Ministry – Christian Article

//pagead2.googlesyndication.com/pagead/js/adsbygoogle.js (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push(); For someone living with the many different forms of anxiety or depression, attending church can be next to impossible. We must start accepting the fact that as diverse as the human race is physically, it is also diverse mentally. There are many people who cannot attend a social function of any sorts, no matter if it is in the name of worshiping God, or not. Crowds, noises, and other stimulation become too much for…

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Stories Can’t Change Lives if No One Reads Them

This “Bible Book Store” serves as a generic stand-in for our own. (I’m surprised Shutterstock doesn’t own this picture by now!) Each week I work two days at the Christian bookstore that we own. By taking the two day shifts and working without pay I make it possible for the store to remain viable financially in a smaller market. Even so, the store is continuing to lose money. After filing this year’s tax return I fully expect Revenue Canada to…

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Pastor, How Will You Make It in Ministry? – Christian Article

Ministry is warfare. Sunday services, reading, sermon prep, visiting the sick, staff meetings, counseling, conflict, our flesh, and the flaming darts of the evil one make ministry a slog. How can we make it? How will you stay faithful in ministry, not just through this year, but through the next 25? Do you have 40 years left on your tires? You don’t have to burn out or spiral out from hidden sin. God has a way for you to make…

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When Passivity Is Prideful – Christian Article

There’s a form of pride that can lurk in a pastor who seems humble. He may be the first to admit he’s wrong, the first to apologize for impatience, and the slowest to criticize others. He’s happy to give young, inexperienced men the opportunity to share in ministry responsibilities; he may even be open with his flock about his personal struggles with sin. He’s approachable. Every question is met with a listening ear and an admission of not knowing everything.…

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Credit Where Credit is Due

Credit Where Credit is Due This dog also led Kevin to Jesus. Source Café Press. It’s always interesting when people you know from a fairly fixed context show up at a funeral for someone you knew from a fairly different fixed context. “How did you know Kevin;” I asked. “Actually, I led him to the Lord.” It happened in the town park, apparently. Later in the funeral service itself, a speaker who had been previously scheduled got up to pay tribute…

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20 Quotes on How Your Church Should Exhibit Loving Authority – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I read Jonathan Leeman’s helpful book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God’s Love and Authority (Crossway, 2017). Love is not an abstract concept but a personal quality of God. . . . Anything called love that does not have its source in God is not love. (13) Don’t judge a gift by its abuses. (21) In a sense, this book is like a prequel or a prolegomena—a pre-word—to thinking…

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Youth Ministry Is Not Just a Stepping Stone – Christian Article

I once interviewed for two ministry positions at the same time—a youth pastor role and a senior pastor role. I ended up pursuing the youth position, understanding it as the best fit in that season. When I tell people, I get a variety of responses from a simple “Great!” to “Why don’t you want to be a senior pastor?” A common misunderstanding about youth pastors is that they’re training for the higher-ranking position of lead pastor. While it’s true many…

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