Pastor's Forum

Relationships With Other Ministers

How important is it for me to have relationships with other ministers in my community? What about relationships with other ministers who are not in my community, but are friends? Honestly, I stay busy enough with my own staff and my own church that it’s not easy to find time for meaningful relationships with peers in ministry. What is the value, and how much effort do other pastors put into their relationships with other ministers? Read the responses

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April 2018 Update

I will be preaching Easter Sunday in Dagenham, England. After that, I’ll preach in two other churches in England before traveling to Switzerland, Lebanon, Germany, and Cyprus. I’m looking forward to being with various churches, Bible Schools, and groups of pastors. Thank you for keeping me in your prayers. March was a great month with ministry in New Mexico, Wisconsin, California, Georgia, and Texas. We pray you enjoy all of the articles this month on our home page. As always, there are tons of articles and other resources in the “Free Resources” section.

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Reflections from the Movie: Paul, Apostle of Christ
Tony Cooke

Paul, Apostle of ChristIn every biblical movie I’ve seen, the directors have taken certain artistic creativity and liberties, and that is to be expected. There are always some things I would have presented a bit differently, or statements that I would have re-worded, but that is not what I want to focus on in this review. The great value of this movie is that it graphically presents the intense persecution faced by early believers in the Roman Empire. To be honest, it’s not the most comfortable or cheery movie that you will see. One reviewer refers to it as “gritty,” and that is an honest assessment. When we think of communing with Christ, it is easy for 21st century believers to think of a nice sanctuary with trendy decorating, awesome lights, great music, and an upbeat message designed to boost our self-esteem and enable us to be more successful and victorious in life. We are not used to thinking of incomprehensible suffering in a dungeon in Rome known as the Mamertine prison. Read this article by Tony Cooke

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He Went Away Sad
Lisa Cooke

He Went Away Sad by Lisa Cooke“Jesus told him, ‘If you want to be perfect, go and sell all your possessions and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’ But when the young man heard this, he went away sad, for he had many possessions” (Matthew 19:21-22 NLT). What do you do when Jesus asks more of you than you want to give? We want our response to always be a full-hearted “yes” to our Lord, but sometimes He asks something of us that causes us to hesitate. We may find that our trust or affection is in something or someone other than Him that we were previously unaware of. It is for our benefit that Jesus illuminates the areas we are holding back from Him so that we can see where and what He wants to be Lord over. Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Falling in Love with Inadequacy
Jim Cobrae

Jim Cobrae

When we are weak, He is strong! The following article is an excerpt from Jim Cobrae’s upcoming book, Followship: Pastoring in His Presence. This book will be released at the Pastors Gathering, hosted by the Rock Church in San Bernardino, CA (May 15-17, 2018). Click here to learn more about the Pastors Gathering, an outstanding conference that will greatly benefit pastors and their staff members. Read this article by Jim Cobrae

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Love – God Touching Others Through You
Melva Henderson

We can’t hide God! If we walk with Him, eventually who He is will flow out from within us. There’s a word in the English language many are not acquainted with, wafting, which means to carry lightly and smoothly through the air or over water. When we walk with God, He smoothly releases Himself through us and over circumstances in people’s lives. God longs to be released. Someone’s life depends on it. Someone’s family depends on it. Someone’s deliverance depends on it. Within the human spirit of every born-again believer is the life and nature of God through the person of Jesus Christ. According to 2 Peter 1:4, we have His divine nature and with that nature comes His supernatural attributes and abilities. What we do with them and how we give place to them is entirely up to us. Read this article by Melva Henderson

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Outro Olhar sobre o “Chamado”
Tony Cooke

Outro Olhar sobre o “Chamado”Somos chamados! Quer tenhamos sido chamados para sermos pregadores e estarmos atrás do púlpito ou tenhamos sido chamados para cumprir outra tarefa, esses e outros versos indicam que o chamado de todo crente é ser sal, luz, embaixador, testemunha, servo e uma benção. Isso não é somente para aqueles que possuem a “profissão” de ministros, mas todo cristão foi chamado em tempo integral! Um cristão nunca deve falar “eu não sou chamado” como desculpa para evitar responsabilidades que são compatíveis com o chamado de todo crente. Paulo escreveu que, “sempre que pudermos, devemos fazer o bem a todos, especialmente aos que fazem parte da nossa família na fé” (Gálatas 6:10 – NTLH). Se estivermos sensíveis, o amor de Deus dentro de nós nos impelirá e motivará para agirmos mediante as oportunidades que se abrem regularmente diante de nós. Leia este artigo por Tony Cooke

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April Monthly Quotes

Read all of our quotes by visiting our Quotes Page.

CHURCH
“A frightened world needs a fearless Church.”
– A. W. Tozer

FAITH
“None can trust in the merits of Christ, till he has utterly renounced his own.”
– John Wesley

GOD
“We are a bunch of nobodies trying to exalt Somebody.”
– Jim Elliot

MISSIONS
“You would believe in pioneer missions if your family were part of an unevangelized people group.”
– Norm Lewis

SECRETS
“The only ‘secret life’ that we are called to have is one with God, not from Him.”
– Tony Cooke