Pastor's Forum

Responding to Discouragement

What do you do when you find yourself facing discouragement? I know that praying and reading the Bible are typical responses, but how specifically do you pray, and are there particular areas of Scripture on which you focus? Also, do you have any strategies beyond Bible reading and prayer that you implement to bring yourself back into a state of encouragement? Read the responses


Necessary Networks
Tony Cooke

Necessary Networks by Tony CookeWe were designed to be in relationship and in fellowship with others. Our journey through life was never intended to be made in isolation, cut off from others. There is truth and value in having a “personal relationship with God.” We hear that phrase often. However, we also have the privilege and the necessity of being properly connected with others as well. Someone said, “Our navel is a constant reminder that we all started life connected to another human being. We spend all of our lives trying to get reconnected to someone. God created us as relational people.”
While our trust should always be in God, it is amazing how many times God chooses to work through people in our lives. Read this article by Tony Cooke


Before the Watching World
Lisa Cooke

Before the Watching World by Lisa CookePsalm 31:19 “How great is the goodness you have stored up for those who fear you. You lavish it on those who come to you for protection, blessing them before the watching world” (NLT). The world needs, has always needed, to observe people who are confident in and experiencing God’s goodness. King David was one of those people. In Psalm 27:13 (NLT) he says, “Yet I am confident I will see the Lord’s goodness while I am here in the land of the living.” David had faith that God would be good to him in the midst of all of earth’s trials and tribulations. He wrote about it, he sang about it, he lived his hope in front of his people and his enemies. He experienced it time after time, with bears, lions, and Goliath at first, then Saul, armies, and even through the betrayal of his own son. Read this article by Lisa Cooke


Do You Know What Time It Is?
Mark Cowart

Do You Know What Time It Is?In 2015, Forbes reported that the 500 richest people in the world were collectively worth 4.7 trillion dollars. Solomon’s gold reserves alone were worth right at one trillion dollars. I read once that the temple Solomon built would cost one-half trillion dollars to reconstruct in our day. He had wisdom that would take your breath away, and the Biblical principles that he wrote are more quoted than any other source in history. Solomon had more wealth, blessing, and advantage than any human being prior to him or after, but he had a bad ending in his life. He did not follow his own advice and wisdom. In Ecclesiastes you can sense the weariness his own folly produced and the toll it took on him. There has never been a nation as blessed as America. No one has ever had more wealth, liberty, blessing, and advantage than America. Read this article by Mark Cowart


HeartWork: How God Can Mend Your Heart and Change Your Story
Rick Burke

HeartWork: How God Can Mend Your Heart and Change Your StoryThe first thing you must understand is that your heart is a battle-ground. Quite simply, you are under attack. Have you ever thought about what that looks like? It looks like conflict, betrayal, and heartbreak. It feels like disappointment and pain. However, once you figure out the source of that attack, you can take steps to defend yourself and the process of mending your heart can begin. The source of these attacks is your enemy. He is Satan, the father of lies (John 8:44). Each day, Satan has one singular objective: he is out to defeat you. He does not play fair. He will use the people you love or people you don’t know. He does not care who is damaged or destroyed in the process, and he will not relent until your heart is taken captive—or until you defeat him. Yes, the battle that is being waged is a very real one. There is a winner, and there is a loser. There are injuries. There is very real pain. And the battleground where this tremendous battle is taking place is your heart. Read this article by Rick Burke


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“Small deeds done are better than great deeds planned.”
– Peter Marshall

“Don’t tell me you’re trusting God until you trust Him with your pocketbook.”
– J. Vernon McGee

“God gives where He finds empty hands.”
– Augustine

To wash and dress a corpse is a far different thing from making it alive: man can do the one, God alone can do the other.
– Spurgeon

As the Father made, and the Son redeemed, so must the Holy Ghost sanctify and seal us, or otherwise we have believed in vain.
– George Whitfield