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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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The Three Opportunities

“As people reconciled to God by the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, we believe that we are called to respond to conflict in a way that is remarkably different from the way the world deals with conflict.  We also believe that conflict provides opportunities to...

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God’s Command to Multiply

Bob Nieuwendorp was the church planting director for the NCD from 1999 to 2008.  For the past 4 months Bob has been struggling with cancer.  Since going back into the pastorate in 2008, multiplying disciples and churches has grown.  I would like to share with you...

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Church Health in the Old Testament?

Here in the NCD we talk a lot about healthy churches.  More recently we’ve been talking a lot about emotionally healthy spirituality, a main root of church health.  Are these concepts Biblical? One Biblical place we can find them is the book of Proverbs.  Wisdom is...

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Sabbaticals

Have You Taken a Sabbatical Leave Recently? What is one thing you would do the same?  One thing you would do differently?  One piece of counsel you would give to a fellow-pastor who is planning a sabbatical?  Take a moment and respond to our blog and help other...

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Being a Steward of Our Master’s Interests

“A steward is not supposed to manage things for his own pleasure, convenience, or benefit.  Instead, he is expected to follow his master’s instructions and look out for his master’s interests, even if they conflict with his own personal desires or convenience…. “The...

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Helping Pastors with Sexual Purity

Sexual compromise + fear + silence = growing trouble.  This is true for any Christian.  It is true for pastors.  Maybe you and I are stumbling on the internet (for example), viewing sexually explicit material.  We tell no one about it because we are afraid of the...

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Responding to District Conference

If you attended district conference this year, your responses to how to do a dissertation the two questions below may be helpful to other pastors in the district as we continue to process and apply Larry Osborne's teaching on Team Oriented Ministry. 1.  What was your...

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Equipping Leaders for the Harvest

What “game-changing” impact would you make in your own life and the lives of your congregants, if it was within your power to do so?   Mine would look something like EQUIPPING laborers and leaders for greater, sanctified OBEDIENCE and for maximum MULTIPLICATION...

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