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"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.

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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

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

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