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Emotional Health in Marriage–and All of Life

Here is a statement and two lists: “It is not possible for a Christian to be spiritually mature while remaining emotionally immature.” A Top ten symptoms of emotionally unhealthy spirituality:  1. Using God to run from God.  2. Ignoring the emotions of anger, sadness,...

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Two Resources on Spiritual Formation

Spiritual formation is a common topic of writing and conversation in pastoral circles these days.  This is a good thing, if we understand "spiritual formation" to refer to Christ being formed in us (Gal. examples of evaluation essays 4:19), or our lives being...

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Electronic Giving

“On the first day of the week …  schedule your electronic funds transfer”? Most of us are familiar with 1 Cor. 16:1-2: Now about the collection for the Lord’s people: Do what I told the Galatian churches to do.  On the first day of every week, each one of you should...

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Hidden Treasures

Is the average believer today “spiritually impoverished,” and if so, why?  How does God use “ordinary sufferings” to lead us back to utilizing spiritual muscles?  Can simply serving in holistic ministry provide an antidote to our common “diseases of the soul”?  For...

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Two Resources that Reach Deep

I want to encourage you to avail yourself of two resources.  I hope to do that by assembling several quotations for you to read.  They come from Paul Tripp, a minister who reaches deep and hits bedrock issues in our lives.  In his life, ministry, and teaching he moves...

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District Conference Speaker and Themes

Paul Tripp is the president of Paul Tripp Ministries, a nonprofit organization whose mission statement is "Connecting the transforming power of Jesus Christ to everyday life." This mission leads Paul to weekly speaking engagements around the world. In addition to...

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Eyes on the Dashboard

Each of us as pastors and church leaders has been clearly called by God to shepherd, lead, and grow His sheep.  How do we know if we are being effective faithful shepherds?  How do we know that we are being intentional and staying on track and on His task?  How do we...

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Kingdom Beauty in an Election Year

I’m going to generalize and oversimplify some things in this article, but bear with me. I trust that my main point will hold. I’ve been following the presidential race with keen interest. If I allow myself (which sometimes I do), I could waste a lot of time on...

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Intimacy With God

Intimacy With God: Drawing Ever Closer to the Almighty, by Dr. Benjamin A. Sawatsky As is the case with so many of us at this time in history, someone can be acquainted with us on a number of different levels at church or even as colleagues in ministry together...

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How do you look at conflict?

How do you look at conflict?   I’m starting to see conflict as an opportunity for God to do a work in me and in those around me as we allow the Holy Spirit to apply Biblical truths to our lives as we work towards reconciliation. Conflict shows our true colors, who or...

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