3 thoughts about getting over time

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It has been said that “Over time, you get over time.” A life in ministry is just like any other. When you are young you have nothing but time, middle-aged, you never have enough, and when you are old, time...

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10 significant quotes from a well respected church whisperer

True confession! I am an unabashed admirer of Adam Hamilton. Not only did he lead a mere 17 people to become the 17,000 member Church of the Resurrection in Leawood, Kansas, he’s a churchman with a true compass about what it means to nourish seekers and believers simultaneously.   Brief ...
March 28, 2015   Doug Lawrence

Joni Eareckson Tada: Do not lose heart!

"I want you to join me in desperately needing Jesus," says Joni at the North American Christian Convention. "Join me in fixing your eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is only temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
March 27, 2015  

A fire hose of encouragement for pastors

"He got us through like he said he would!" Pastor Frank Smith's conclusion to his fiery session at NACC will fill pastors with a renewed sense of energy and joy in the believer's future.
February 13, 2015  

Are you yearning for Jesus to relieve your suffering?

If you're a leader feeling oppressed by suffering, you'll be encouraged by this clip from Joni Eareckson Tada's session at the North American Christian Convention. "Suffering stretches our soul down here on earth," she says, "so that we might receive more of heaven's joy when we arrive on that celestial ...
February 04, 2015  

Troublemaker Memoir (Part 4): Accepting the crown and the cross

The Leadership Team, as our board is known, came to the front of the church of The Brethren Fellowship to be received and given a laying on of hands with prayer.
January 28, 2015   Ronald Keener

Encourage annual retreats to strengthen your families

For six years, my wife and I have led our family on an annual retreat. We recharge, plan and pray together. If the families in your ministry could benefit from stronger spiritual ties, encourage them to consider this as one weapon in their arsenal.
January 28, 2015   Kent Evans

Seeing splash-overs of heaven in this life

"Suffering is like a splash-over of hell," says Joni Eareckson Tada, "helping us to appreciate the ultimate hell that Christ Jesus has rescued us from. Suffering gives us a tiny little taste of the hell that could be ours were it not for our salvation in Jesus.... But then what ...
January 13, 2015  

Taking risks to advance the gospel

Speaking out today about one’s faith in a politically-correct age can be dangerous. Yet church leaders who are hesitant can draw inspiration from biblical leaders like the Apostle Paul. He knew that danger awaited him in Jerusalem. At Miletus he said good-bye to the Ephesian elders and told them that ...
November 20, 2014   Bob Russell

An inspiring view of our entry into heaven

"At first we may burn with the brilliant newness of being glorified, but then in the next instant we will feel at peace and we will be at home as though it were always this way, as though we were born for such a place." (Joni Eareckson Tada at NACC.)
November 03, 2014  

7 Ways pastors (and others) can develop thicker skin

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. Some are very opinionated, and some of those are harsh critics of the pastor. Not surprisingly, the most common questions I get are: ...
September 11, 2014   Thom Rainer

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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.