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This is the page dedicated to those posts that relate to family life and health.

The Great Symphony of Salvation

Have you come to Jesus?

If you have come to know Jesus as your personal savior, how did you come to Jesus? A recent survey of pastors, done by Lifeway Research, found that 29% percent of pastors came to Christ through a family member and 11% through a pastor’s ministry.

My thoughts on the matter differ a bit. Not because the research is faulty, rathe …


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Someone Else II

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Thinking about someone else… We have many in churches that are focused on themselves and not on someone else.&nb …


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Those Crazy Pastors’ Kids

20130629_160253Thom Rainer, the research extraordinaire for Lifeway Research, recently posted an article about pastors’ kids and I thought I wou …


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Watch Your Mouth!

James 3:1–12 (NKJV)

My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment. For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he


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Run in the Right Direction

This past Sunday I preached a message that I had been burdened with over the last two months concerning trials. The message was born in the struggle of pain and confusion over what my eldest daughter has been going through. Rather early on in my Christian walk, I think I had been walking with Jesus for only about 3 or 4 years, Kierstin was born, nearly died, was hospitalize …


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Observations from the Valley

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Yeah but… it Hurts:-/

1It seems to me that we all want to avoid suffering, and we will do pretty much whatever it takes to avoid it. But what happens when you can’t? What happens when God …


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Seven Things Pastors Would Like Church Members to Know about Their Children (REPOST)

This is a repost from Thom Rainer, he is an excellent thinker and asset to the Church. You can find his blog here.

I was serving a church in St. Petersburg, Florida, when it hit me hard. One of my young children had playfully fallen on the floor in the foyer after a worship service. A deacon in the church came up to me and spoke forcefully: “You need to tell your kid to get up. Pastors’ children aren’t supposed to act that way.”


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Managing Your Marriage

lifw_tight_ropeOuch! That’s a tough title to follow-up with!  However, having been married now for almost 23 years, I have found that without managing my marriage and all of the complexities involved it can become a very diffi …


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Faith

This page will host posts that concern the “Faith once and for all contended for by the saints” as Jude puts it.  Theology and Christian life issues will addressed.

 

The Isolated Pastor

I recently read an article about a pastor who took his own life. He suffered from depression, and sadly separation from the body of Christ… his own church. The article reflected on this separation, this heartache. The loneliness of being a pastor. The isolation.

I have been there, I recall looking at my computer screen, with tears in my eyes, as the pressure of ministry, major illness in a loved one, and the fa …


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Jesus Didn’t Come to Make You Happy

I’ve recently been dealing with the mental illness of a loved one, it’s sapped my strength with sleepless nights and chaotic days. I’m no stranger to trials, I’ve had times in my life where I was in the very center of God’s will and WAS NOT HAPPY. You see happiness, in a very real sense, depends on circumstances. Not necessarily something as trite as “possessions” but deeper circumstances… health, work …

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Rejoice!

imagePhilippians 4:4 “Rejoice in the Lord always again I say rejoice!”

Again I say rejoice! I will say it again and again, rejoice! And oh how he did all through the letter to the church at Philippi. Oh how important this teaching is.

Oh to learn the importance of joy in the simple Christian life. What it would mean to …


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Bless the Lord!

Psalms 103:1 NKJV 

Bless the Lord , O my soul; And all that is within me, bless His holy name!

Just a few thoughts this morning. If love can be a daily decision (and I believe it is), so too worship must become intentional. There are times when our hearts grow cold in bo …


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God’s Will?

time with GodGod’s will is sometimes as simple as ‘go’ or even keep going. ‘Left’ or ‘right’ doesn’t matter as long as you hold to His principles. …


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The Great Symphony of Salvation

Have you come to Jesus?

If you have come to know Jesus as your personal savior, how did you come to Jesus? A recent survey of pastors, done by Lifeway Research, found that 29% percent of pastors came to Christ through a family member and 11% through a pastor’s ministry.

My thoughts on the matter differ a bit. Not because the research is faulty, rathe …


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Someone Else III

I have a few more thoughts on someone else that I thought I should share with whomever may be reading.  In my last post I mentioned being a blessing to someone else in your church.  That church shouldn’t be all about what you receive but also what you give.


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Someone Else III

I have a few more thoughts on someone else that I thought I should share with whomever may be reading.  In my last post I mentioned being a blessing to someone else in your church.  That church shouldn’t be all about what you receive but also what you give.


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Someone Else II

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Thinking about someone else… We have many in churches that are focused on themselves and not on someone else.&nb …


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Someone Else

I thought this was worth another read…

Just spitballin’ here, but it’ …


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Ministry

Here you will find articles and posts helpful to those in the ministry.

 

Without Him

Without Him

 
Just a quick thought for the day.
 
I remember not so long ago (actually it was now about 20 years ago, where does time fly to?) I was a young Worship Leader in my church. I had taken a choir ministry that had formerly been vibrant and growing but had been broken and wounded and driven down to only 9 m …

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The Isolated Pastor

I recently read an article about a pastor who took his own life. He suffered from depression, and sadly separation from the body of Christ… his own church. The article reflected on this separation, this heartache. The loneliness of being a pastor. The isolation.

I have been there, I recall looking at my computer screen, with tears in my eyes, as the pressure of ministry, major illness in a loved one, and the fa …


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The Long View

2 Corinthians 6:11–12 (NKJV)
O Corinthians! We have spoken openly to you, our heart is wide open. You are not restricted by us, but you are restricted by your own affections.  

In this post, I would like to open up and share the inner workings of my heart and mind and soul. You see before I returned to Emmanuel, I had an epiphany regard …


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God’s Will?

time with GodGod’s will is sometimes as simple as ‘go’ or even keep going. ‘Left’ or ‘right’ doesn’t matter as long as you hold to His principles. …


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The Great Symphony of Salvation

Have you come to Jesus?

If you have come to know Jesus as your personal savior, how did you come to Jesus? A recent survey of pastors, done by Lifeway Research, found that 29% percent of pastors came to Christ through a family member and 11% through a pastor’s ministry.

My thoughts on the matter differ a bit. Not because the research is faulty, rathe …


Read more...

Someone Else III

I have a few more thoughts on someone else that I thought I should share with whomever may be reading.  In my last post I mentioned being a blessing to someone else in your church.  That church shouldn’t be all about what you receive but also what you give.


Read more...

Someone Else III

I have a few more thoughts on someone else that I thought I should share with whomever may be reading.  In my last post I mentioned being a blessing to someone else in your church.  That church shouldn’t be all about what you receive but also what you give.


Read more...

Someone Else II

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Thinking about someone else… We have many in churches that are focused on themselves and not on someone else.&nb …


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Someone Else

I thought this was worth another read…

Just spitballin’ here, but it’ …


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Those Crazy Pastors’ Kids

20130629_160253Thom Rainer, the research extraordinaire for Lifeway Research, recently posted an article about pastors’ kids and I thought I wou …


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