7 Ways pastors (and others) can develop thicker skin

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Among the top five most frequent issues I hear about from pastors is criticism. The number of “bosses” a pastor has equals the number of church members.

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Joni Eareckson Tada: It's a daily fight to stay satisfied in Jesus

"Don't think I am looking forward to heaven to get a new body," says Joni. "No. I am looking forward to heaven to get a new heart - a heart that is free of sin." (Uplifting video courtesy of NACC.)
September 08, 2014  

God is bigger when we need him more

Joni Eareckson Tada describes her morning wake-up routine as a battle with bitterness, then a surrender to the Lord, ending in joy. "God always seems bigger to those who need him most." (Courtesy of NACC.)
August 15, 2014  

Recalling “as it was” 57 years ago on July 4.

It’s been 57 years since I was graduated from high school, the Class of 1957 in fact. And I still recall opening homeroom exercises at Palmyra, Pa., high school on Cherry Street in the morning by repeating the pledge of allegiance to the flag and, yes, even then, reading Scripture ...
July 08, 2014   Ronald Keener

Live the hallelujah life

Pastor Rick Atchley of The Hills Church of Christ tells the story of an Olympic snowboarder who kept competing even though the judges had already awarded him the gold. This is the kind of life we are to live in the light of Revelation, says Pastor Rick.
July 08, 2014  

Why does God allow so much pain?

This spring I attended the funeral of Barbara Comp, the widow of Gerald Comp. The preacher of my hometown church, I described Gerald’s tragic passing in the first chapter of my new book, Acts of God—Why Does God Allow So Much Pain? It has been 46 years since that heart-breaking tragedy. ...
July 01, 2014   Bob Russell

One night I couldn't fall asleep

Joni Eareckson Tada recounts a fitful night in bed that turned into a morning full of joy. "How did that happen?" she asks. This clip includes a video produced by Joni & Friends about her life story. (Courtesy of NACC.)
June 29, 2014  

Why your Church is Probably Operating at Less than 50% Effectiveness

Most of you will disagree with what I am about to suggest. Nevertheless, I will try my best to share with you what I’ve learned over the last 13 years. Keep in mind that this post title is not a theory; it comes from a front row seat watching real transformation ...
May 29, 2014   Will Mancini

On the loss of Linda, who loved people and puppies

I lost my wife Linda nearly three months ago, March 7 to be exact. It is still hard to use the “die” word; “passing away” is easier to express too. She went into a bone marrow transplant at Johns Hopkins Hospital on February 6 and we both believed the dangers ...
May 15, 2014   Ronald Keener

The Necessity of Consecration

Consecration or the act of consecrating means “dedication to the service and worship of a deity.” We serve, lead, and minister from a place and posture of consecration. This is the prerequisite for God choosing to use us in His grand plan. The book of Exodus uses the word consecrate ...
May 15, 2014   Greg Atkinson

Do the Scriptures' plurals make sense to "youse" too?

I grew up in the Church of the Brethren denomination that has offices in Elgin, Ill. That’s the Church of the Brethren—not the River Brethren, nor the Plymouth Brethren, nor The Brethren Church, nor the Mennonite Brethren, nor the Dunkard Brethren. The Church of the Brethren is the larger of ...
May 09, 2014   Ronald Keener

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Silent, aloud, alone, in groups or meetings – prayer is conversation with God. Asking God for help, praising him, repenting for sin, listening for his direction, yielding to his will, and seeking his revelation in the Bible are all a part of prayer.