Pastor's Forum

Life-Long Learning

I’ve heard it said that pastors need to be life-long learners. That makes sense to me, but I wonder exactly how pastors go about accomplishing that? Read the responses


Arabic Book Project

CLUB1040 (Matt and Julie Beemer’s organization) has embraced the task of translating and distributing four of our books (Grace, Timothy, Qualified, and Life After Death) into the Arabic language. These will be used in Bible Schools and distributed to pastors across northern Africa and the Middle East. We are partnering with CLUB1040 in raising the necessary funds for all of the translating, publishing, distributing, etc. The projected cost for all four books is approximately $21,000 (this includes printing the first 3,000 copies of each title). If you’d like to donate toward this project, you can designate your gift and send it to CLUB1040 or through our donation page. We will forward 100% of all designated funds to CLUB1040.

Arabic Book Project


Who Will Rule Over You?
Tony Cooke

Who Will Rule Over You?How many people today want to create a “god” in their own image, to their own liking, and on their own terms? How many want a god who endorses all of their own preferences and who never calls them to repentance or rebukes their sin? We understand that an unregenerate person is not going to be submitted to the will and the commandments of God, but what about believers? What happens when people who consider themselves to be Christians still feel like they can call the shots, establish their own standards, and allow their own whims and feelings to govern their lives? It is imperative that believers understand that coming to Jesus is not simply a matter of receiving salvation, but God desires that we receive Jesus’ lordship as well. Read this article by Tony Cooke


The Reward of the Gift
Lisa Cooke

The Reward of the Gift by Lisa CookeThere is no better foundation for giving than that of love. We know that if we give away all we have, even to the point of giving up our bodies to be burned, but have not love, we gain nothing (1 Corinthians 13:3). Our devotion to God and for His Kingdom is continuously revealed through the variety of sacrifices we make and the offering up of our lives, including financial giving. It is the responsibility of leaders to remind their people of the long range effects of their giving or their works of love. Jesus in Matthew 25:34-46 goes into a long discourse of this very thing. What we do or don’t do for each other has consequences, good or bad. When love is the root of our generosity, God is honored and pleased. Read this article by Lisa Cooke


If Only I Could Be You
Steve Smothermon

If Only I Could Be You by Steve SmothermonIt seems most relationships in our society are not working well. You have most likely heard and know the statistics. I believe one of the greatest issues for believers is that we have defined our relationships on a contractual, or earthly level, but God defines them quite differently. He defines relationships based on covenant. To have “God-kind of results,” we have to re-define our relationships on a “God-kind of level.” In a contract, we protect our rights and limit our responsibilities. We want all the benefits of a covenant relationship, but expect to live a selfish lifestyle. Especially as Americans, we want to protect our rights. We have been trained to protect our rights. In covenant however, we give up our rights and pick up responsibilities. In a covenant, there should be sacrifice to the point of death to meet the needs of the other person. Read this article by Steve Smothermon


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“You can’t improve a wrong path by trying to walk better or faster or smarter. Get on a right path.”
– Dr. Henry Cloud

“Is it not wonderful that the Lord can open a human heart; for he who made the lock knows well what key will fit in.”
– Charles H. Spurgeon

The authority by which the Christian leader leads is not power but love, not force but example, not coercion but reasoned persuasion. Leaders have power, but power is safe only in the hands of those who humble themselves to serve.
– John Stott

“Every prophet, every reformer, every revivalist had to meet God alone before he could help the multitudes. The great leaders who went on to turn thousands to Christ had to begin with God and their own soul. The plain Christian of today must experience personal revival before he can hope to bring renewed spiritual life to the church.”
– A.W. Tozer

“The church or the individual that is Bible taught without being Spirit taught (and there are many of them) has simply failed to see that truth lies deeper than the theological statement of it. Theological facts are like the altar of Elijah on Carmel before the fire came, correct, properly laid out, but altogether cold. When the heart makes the ultimate surrender, the fire falls and the true facts are transmuted into spiritual truth that transforms, enlightens, sanctifies.”
– A.W. Tozer