Monday, June 21, 2021

How to Make Progress a Daily Habit

Did you know that when NASA launches a rocket, it almost immediately goes off course? While you would expect this to be an exact...

When the Minister Is Tired, Watch Out!

(Written a few years back. I decided to leave it intact and post it as is.) “Jesus therefore, being wearied from His journey, sat down...

Balancing Life and Ministry, Part 1 by Jim & Tamara Graff

It doesn’t take long to realize that there are a lot of seasons in life. We’ve been in ministry 32 years, and they go...

If You’ve Been In the Lord’s Work Very Long, Your Scars Prove It

“From now on let no one cause trouble for me, for I bear on my body the brand-marks of Jesus” (Galatians 6:17). “…I bear branded...

What Keeps Them Up at Night

Did you know that when NASA launches a rocket, it almost immediately goes off course? While you would expect this to be an exact...

How to Lead Better One-on-one Meetings

Of all of the tensions you will face as a leader, the tension you will have the most self-doubt and inner turmoil over is...

“i Need to Apologize to Our Former Pastor,” He Told Me.

Bob is the pastor of a small church in another state.  He told me this story. As a layman he was put on the search...

Healthy Leaders Require Integrity by Pastor Mike Ware

We know that our lives will be judged on our example, and our example determines our character. And our character will become our lasting...

3 Keys to a Compelling Culture

Rock climbing is a fascinating, intricate sport.  Proper holds, grip strength and a strong core determine your success. Most of these details are under the control...

Demanding That the Pastor Preach Your Message

The angel of the Lord opened the prison doors and brought them forth, and said, ‘Go, stand and speak in the temple to the...
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