Pastor's Forum


If you had a chance to do something over relative to your journey in ministry, what would it be? If you want to share more than one example, that’s great. This question is not meant to get anyone to focus on past mistakes, but rather, to help younger ministers learn from the wisdom and experience of others. Read the responses


Whatever It Takes
Tony Cooke

Whatever It Takes by Tony Cooke“Whatever it takes to get the job done” means that you are willing to roll up your sleeves, to get your hands dirty, to go the extra mile, and to go above-and-beyond the call of duty. It means that you are not a prima donna, that you are not too good to serve. It means that you are a person of resolve, determination, and conviction. “Whatever it takes” means first of all that you know what the job is. You know what God wants done, and you have determined that with His help, to see the task accomplished with excellence. It is one thing when a coach, a president, or a pastor has a “whatever it take to get the job done” attitude. But ultimately, for the articulated goals to be realized, many others need to embrace the same resolve. In a church setting, the staff, top leaders, and the workers must all take on the same sense of ownership, determination, and responsibility. Read this article by Tony Cooke



An Honestly Lived Life
Lisa Cooke

An Honestly Lived LifeEver since Adam and Eve tried to hide their sin from God in the garden, mankind has had the temptation to hide his sin from the eyes of the Omniscient One. How futile this is when we consider that God is able to know every moment of our being, nothing being hidden from Him. Hebrews 4:13 says “And no creature is hidden from His sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.” Luke 8:17 says “For nothing is hidden that will not be made manifest, nor is anything secret that will not be known and come to light.” To live an honest life we must first be honest with ourselves, acknowledging where we have transgressed the pure purpose of God for our lives. No excuse, no defense, no rationalization. As the Publican (or tax collector in Luke 18:13) did in his prayer, so we humbly admit that we have “missed the mark,” that we have indeed sinned against God. In appealing to God for His mercy, we receive that mercy through the humility that admits that we have sinned. Read this article by Lisa Cooke


The Laws of Increase
Gerald Brooks

The Laws of IncreaseLaws govern every aspect of our lives. They are always there. Regardless of whether we choose to obey them, it would be incredibly foolish to ignore them. The Bible teaches us that there are also spiritual laws at work in our lives. Ignoring them might be possible, but it’s not wise. The Laws of Increase are comprised of seven of such spiritual laws. Instead of ignoring them, let’s educate ourselves about them, and learn how to apply them to our everyday life, habits, and mindset. God’s plan is to bring multiplication and increase into our life. Each of the seven Laws of Increase defines a different aspect of increase according to God’s definition, challenging our existing definitions, presumptions, and motivations to pursue increase. Read this article by Gerald Brooks


How Approachable are You?
Steve Hutchinson

How Approachable Are You?It 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 Hutchinson


What Churches Need to Know About the Legal Implications of Same-Sex Marriage Issues in the United States

Tony recently interviewed attorney Dan Beirute about the legal ramifications of new laws and societal trends relative to same-sex marriage in the United States. How will churches and pastors be affected, and what actions, if any, should pastors and churches be taking to prepare for current and possible future developments? Watch the video

Same Sex Marriage


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.

Tony Cooke Arabic Book Project


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“Nothing less than forever is long enough for us… The church must claim again her ancient dowry of everlastingness. She must begin again to deal with ages and millenniums rather than with days and years. She must not count numbers but test foundations. She must work for permanence rather than for appearance.”
– A.W. Tozer

“True belief and true repentance are twins: it would be idle to attempt to say which is born first. All the spokes of a wheel move at once when the wheel moves, and so all the graces commence action when regeneration is wrought by the Holy Ghost. Repentance, however, there must be.”
– Charles Spurgeon

“Brother Lawrence expressed the highest moral wisdom when he testified that if he stumbled and fell he turned at once to God and said, ‘O Lord, this is what you may expect of me if You leave me to myself.’ He then accepted forgiveness, thanked God, and gave himself no further concerns about the matter.”
– A.W. Tozer

“The true measure of a man is not the number of servants he has, but the number of people he serves.”
– Arnold Glasgow

“Our confidence in Christ does not make us lazy, negligent, or careless, but on the contrary it awakens us, urges us on, and makes us active in living righteous lives and doing good.”
– Ulrich Zwingli (Swiss Reformer)