Pastor's Forum

Guidelines for Youth Workers

We are bringing a new youth minister on staff, and I wonder what types of guidelines we should set for him relative to how he interacts with the young people. We have heard horror stories of people who work with youth who put themselves in compromising situations and faced terrible accusations. Read the responses

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2017-2018 Update

What’s Behind: In 2017, I had the privilege of preaching 265 times and traveled 135,185 miles in doing so. These meetings took place in twenty-seven states and six foreign nations. We are very thankful to have seen 330 individuals surrender their lives to Jesus in our meetings this past year.

What’s Ahead: We head into 2018 with a great amount of positive traction and momentum. We are excited about additional translations of our books into other languages, and I am excited to have trips planned this year to Lebanon, Cyprus, Turkey, Colombia, Switzerland, Germany, Italy, France, and England.

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It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over
Tony Cooke

It Ain’t Over Till It’s Over by Tony CookeIt was Yogi Berra who famously said, “It ain’t over till it’s over.” As a baseball player and manager, he no doubt saw many great comebacks in his career. He saw teams who were ahead but eased up too early and allowed another team to overtake them. He also witnessed teams that were behind, but refused to give up and fought their way back to an unlikely victory. A verse that recently spoke to my heart involves Moses’ successor. Joshua 13:1 states, “Now Joshua was old, advanced in years. And the LORD said to him: ‘You are old, advanced in years, and there remains very much land yet to be possessed.’” There is a natural tendency to reach a certain point in life and want to shift into neutral and simply coast based on past momentum. God, though, has a richer plan for each of us. No matter how much we feel we may have accomplished, if we are still breathing and if we listen closely, I think we will hear the Lord say, “There remains very much land yet to be possessed.” Read this article by Tony Cooke

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The Worship Leader Within
Lisa Cooke

The Worship Leader Within by Lisa CookeWorship leading is a vital position in most churches today. A lot of emphasis is put on the best sound, the current look, the most engaging personalities, all for the purpose of leading the congregation successfully into the portion of the service we call worship. There are lots of opinions out there as to whether this is a good thing or a bad thing and I’m sure sometimes it is good and sometimes it is bad. There does seem to be a lot of “catering to the flesh” in this realm of church life and that can be problematic if not managed well. Most pastors I know want the best for their congregations. They will work hard to provide a pleasant and appealing worship experience for their people. But I have wondered if we are making a mistake in putting so much pressure on the natural aspects of worship and not enough emphasis on the beautiful spiritual facets of worshiping our God? Read this article by Lisa Cooke

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Adopting the Vision
Audio Message from Jessie Prince

Adopting the Vision: Audio Message from Jessie PrinceJessie Prince is the Executive Pastor of Grace Outreach Center in Plano,Texas. Jessie and his wife, Kayci, are the parents of two adopted sons, Zeke and Josiah. Jessie shares a message on “Adopting the Vision” at the 2017 North Texas Leadership Conference that will help as you train new and current staff members. Listen to this message by Jessie Prince

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Is Bible Interpretation Really Necessary?
Marvin Yoder

Is Bible Interpretation Really Necessary? by Marvin YoderToday’s world is filled with many anti-Christian attitudes. Some of it is provoked by Satan who challenges the truth of God’s Word wherever he can. In other instances, it is brought on by the way the Church has dealt with some things. One item that comes under constant criticism is how the Church has used the Bible. Skeptics point to the myriad of doctrines within the Church and the fact that many denominations do not agree with each other. Many non-church people have expressed doubts as to the validity of the Bible, and the necessity of being a part of a local church. In R. C. Sproul’s book, Knowing Scripture, he commented, “The biblically illiterate Christian is not only inadequate but unequipped.” In today’s educated society, there is an increasing need for Christian who can clearly articulate a reason for the hope that is within them. Many “winds of doctrine” are blowing across the ecclesiastical landscape of the Church. Some of these winds are nothing more than short-lived fads, while others are truths that some are pushing to extremes. Over the years, I have seen Christians who were ignorant of their rightful place in Christ and their redemptive benefits, being taken advantage of by spiritual con men, and deceived by wonderful sounding words spoken by men who supposedly were sent by God. Read this article by Marvin Yoder

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Salvation is a Free Gift that Will Cost You Everything
Jerry Moyer

Salvation is a Free Gift that Will Cost You Everything! by Jerry MoyerI have noticed that when Christians describe their relationship with Jesus, they usually say “Jesus is my Lord and Savior.” Many times, it’s said so fast that it’s all slurred together like “Lordandsavior.” Like it’s all one word. Over the last several decades the church has focused a lot on the savior part and with much teaching on grace as of late most people understand that salvation is a free gift that is paid for with the blood of Jesus that washes away our sin, so we can be born again. What I have not heard a lot about is that even though Salvation is a free gift it will cost you everything. I can hear people saying now. “Well how’s that? If it’s free how does it cost anything?” Well, it cost God his only son.
It cost Jesus his Life.
It will cost us our life. Jesus wants to be our Lord. Here in America we really don’t understand what Lord means like people in some other countries do. Lord means boss, master, we love what he loves and hate what he hates. When Jesus is our lord that means, we have turned our back on our way of doing things and we only do things His way. It will cost you everything to make Jesus your Lord. It will cost you your life. It will cost you your dreams and ambitions for your life for his dreams and ambitions for your life. Your plans and purposes for your life for his plans and purposes for your life. It’s not just saying “Jesus is my “Lordandsavior.” It actually means doing something. Doing his will for our life no matter what it cost us. Giving up our will for his will. Read this article by Jerry Moyer

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Estamos Fazendo a Pergunta Certa?
Tony Cooke

A expressão em Latim Missio Dei pode ser traduzida para “a missão de Deus.” Nela, o conceito é que Deus está em uma missão para alcançar e expressar Seu amor à humanidade, cumprindo Sua vontade em redimir a humanidade perdida. Quando eu percebo o chamado, sobre a minha vida, de servir a Deus, ele não está centrado ou focado em mim. Em vez disso, é um convite para que eu me junte a Ele em Sua missão, em algo que Ele já vinha realizando antes que eu entrasse em cena e que Ele continuará realizando depois que eu me for. Tal entendimento me possibilita focar mais nEle e não ter um senso inflamado da minha própria importância. Sim, eu tenho um papel a cumprir, mas Seu plano eterno não gira ao meu redor. Tim Dearborn disse: “É insuficiente proclamar que a Igreja de Deus possui uma missão na Terra. Em vez disso, a missão de Deus tem uma Igreja na Terra.” Leia este artigo por Tony Cooke

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Read all of our quotes by visiting our Quotes Page.

HOLY SPIRIT
“We have given too much attention to methods, and to machinery, and to resources, and too little to the Source of Power, the filling of the Holy Ghost.”
– Hudson Taylor

HOPE
“Perhaps the greatest psychological, spiritual, and medical need that people have is the need for hope.”
– Billy Graham

INTEGRITY
“Serve God with integrity, and if you achieve no success, at least no sin will lie upon your conscience.”
– Spurgeon

MISSIONS
The missionary spirit is the spirit of Jesus, the spirit of the incarnation and the cross.
– Hudson Taylor

OBEDIENCE
“Obedience to the call of Christ nearly always costs everything to two people – the one who is called, and the one who loves that one.”
– Oswald Chambers