What do you perceive the condition of the Church in America to be? Where is the Church (overall) doing well, and where do significant improvements need to be made? What are you endeavoring to do through your own life and ministry to bring improvement? Read the responses
Years ago, I asked a number of pastors about the most fulfilling aspect of their work. While responses varied slightly, the majority of pastors said that they are most gratified and pleased when they see peoples’ lives changed through receiving and acting upon the Word of God. Conversely, when asked about the most frustrating aspect of ministry, the same group typically responded that it is when people “don’t get it” and are not changed. As ministers, what is our reaction to be when people don’t get it, when people don’t receive the Word at all, or receive minimal benefit from it? I know some ministers are wired in such a way that they become discouraged—even taking it personally, as though they themselves are somehow a failure. They believe if they were better ministers, then everyone would be powerfully impacted by the Word they share. But is this a reasonable, healthy expectation? Read this article by Tony Cooke
To hear the Lord say “Here I am” is the foundation of our peace in the midst of any time of trouble. The One who knows the end from the beginning is able to strengthen us with might in our inner man during turbulent times with His presence. It is similar to the feeling a child gets when facing a bully, and his father walks up behind him. The relief is tangible and fear is ousted. Our God is our Father, and we don’t have to face anything or anyone alone for He is with us. His presence includes every wonderful attribute of His being, which when meditated upon, brings great comfort and encouragement. Just thinking about His omniscience, His omnipotence, and His omnipresence on our behalf creates a holy confidence that rises to any occasion we may face. Read this article by Lisa Cooke
Two translation projects have been fully funded! We are so thankful for generous, Spirit-led people who care about getting spiritual resources to others. Four of our books (Grace, Life After Death, Qualified, and In Search of Timothy) will be going into Arabic through CLUB1040. Life After Death will soon be released in the French language through John and Laura Madan’s ministry!
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American Idol has proven over and over again that many of people are deceived about their self perceived level of talent. As pastors we must always be improving and learning to enhance our communication skills. We can study and have fresh manna from heaven but if we serve it in a brown paper sack not many will want to eat it. The way we deliver it will determine how much the people will consume of the “meal” we serve every Sunday. I taught a 50 minute lesson called “Communication Upgrade” over a year ago at my pastor’s conference. Click the link below and you can download the notes and watch the session. SESSION 7: Communication Upgrade
It has always been the nature of hateful people to attempt to crush the gifts and callings that God has entrusted to His servants, and it will continue to be so until Christ’s return. The Apostle Paul wrote, “Finally, brethren, pray for us that the word of the Lord will spread rapidly and be glorified, just as it did also with you; and that we will be rescued from perverse and evil men; for not all have faith” (2 Thessalonians 3:1-2 NASB). One of Satan’s most effective methods for hindering the spread of the Gospel is to use faithless people to attack and slander the efforts of God’s preachers. Such an assignment was successful against Burroughs Waltrip, Kathryn Kuhlman, and the vision of Radio Chapel in Mason City, Iowa as they encountered overwhelming opposition from both inside and outside the walls of their own church. Read this book excerpt by Shane Philpott
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“Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”
– Benjamin Franklin
“You will either pay the price of discipline or the price of regret.”
– Chad Stewart
“Thank You, Lord, for freedom from me, myself, and I. They are harsh and petty rulers. I pursue You!”
– Virgil Stokes
“Thinking on the front-end prepares you. Thinking on the back-end repairs you.”
– Gerald Brooks
“The measure of success is not whether you have a tough problem to deal with, but whether it’s the same problem you had last year.
– John Foster Dulles