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The Pastor's Blog: life. purpose. hope. is designed to make your life great by applying Biblical principles and godly solutions to everyday living. This is a great mid-week, spiritual boost.


6 Steps Toward a Courageous Organization

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 13, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Brad Lomenick posted in A Christian Perspective

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Courage. Everyone wants it. But few truly live with it, and out of it. The reality is, courage is not just a personal trait. It’s an organizational trait as well. And we all want, in some way, to be part of an organization and team that’s willing to push up the hill, against the odds, beyond all doubts, to achieve results most thought impossible. So here are a few thoughts about creating a courageous organizational culture:

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Top Ten Posts of 2017

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 6, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Martin Hawley

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Here are your top ten posts of 2017! Thank you to everyone that has read and shared these posts with their friends and family.

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Teens and Sexuality: 3 Truths to Teach Your Students

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 30, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Bryan A. Sands posted in Relationships, Parenting, A Christian Perspective

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Do you remember being a teenager? What about your homecoming, prom and grad night?

I do. And that was 20 years ago!

As youth leaders, it is important to reflect on our experiences so we are in a better position to share and empathize with the students we mentor. And it helps us come alongside our students as opposed to coming across judgmental and condemning.

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Loving the Lost, Engaging the Hurting

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 23, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Ed Stetzer posted in Relationships, A Christian Perspective

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It’s fascinating that a lot of Christians don’t seem to like non-Christians, often referred to as the lost or the unchurched. Often we want to keep away from messy people—perhaps missing the obvious that we are messy as well.

Who’s on your “friends list”?

It’s interesting that after coming to Christ and growing in knowledge, we often distance ourselves from former friends. We seem to have less time for the hurting and struggling. We’ve found the thing that meets the need in our lives, but keep our distance from those who need the very thing we’ve found. I don’t think this separation is intentional, but it happens, and in the end, our intentions don’t matter.

Jesus lived differently.

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Dan Betzer: 'It is essential that people know the Scriptures'

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 16, 2018 8:00:00 AM / by Meredee Berg posted in Church

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We asked pastors of some of the nation’s largest churches to reflect on the wisdom they’ve gained along their ministry journey. There’s a lot we can glean in the words that follow, regardless of the scope and circumstances of our own ministry.

First Assembly of God in Ft. Myers, Florida

Missions—global evangelism—is the primary thrust of this church. We respond strongly to our Lord’s Great Commission. Every miracle of divine provision—looking back on 30 years of pastoring this church—I attribute directly or indirectly to missions.

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