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Toxic People Aren’t Your Fault

If you marry a toxic person and show extraordinary love, concern, care and compassion; if you go out of your way to be a model spouse to a toxic person, that toxic person will still most likely turn on you because that’s what toxic people do.
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A Remedy for Controlling Personalities (Like Mine)

In an effort to be controlling, we lose control. In an effort to make people better according to our definition of better, we make people feel worse.
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8 Characteristics of ‘The Best Leaders I’ve Known’, According to Incarcerated Men

This list created by incarcerated men, talks about the 8 Characteristics that make up the very best leaders.
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Hounded by Hesed

We may be in despair, debilitated, distressed, distracted or even facing death but nothing can and will separate us from the love of God.
When a Superior Person Struggles With Envy

When a Superior Person Struggles With Envy

A person struggles with envy, he is fixated on the gap between himself and the person with whom he compares himself. Such fixation will kill a person.
You Need to Be Inconvenienced for Your Church

You Need to Be Inconvenienced for the Church

Let’s boil this down so we can see what's really at stake. Our aversion to being inconvenienced for the church reveals our lack of hunger for Jesus.
When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can "Bring in Young Families"

When Churches Want a Pastor Who Can “Bring in Young Families”

"We need to call a Pastor who knows how to shift congregational culture."
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Is It OK to Be Single?

In today's society, we emphasize marriage so much that we believe that being single represents a lesser state... that's not true and here's why.
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Gallup Research: What Keeps People Coming Back to Church Week After Week Isn’t the...

According to the findings of a Gallup study, the people in our congregations are coming back week after week because of the sermons, and there are a couple key things they are looking for in those sermons.
3 Warning Signs You Could Love Your Title More Than Your Task

3 Warning Signs You Could Love Title More Than Task

It is entirely possible for a ministry leader to love title more than task. But, according to Augustine, a ministry leader who loves title more than task is not a good ministry leader.
Content Isn’t Everything — Or, Some Help for the Boring Bible Teacher

Some Help for the Boring Adult Sunday School Teacher

Here are three reasons why adult Sunday school teachers of the Bible shouldn’t be boring—and four strategies to avoid boring teaching.
Your Church Is a Lampstand

Your Church Is a Lampstand

The first picture of the church we get in Revelation is that the church is a lampstand (Revelation 1:12-13). Let us embrace the breathtaking privilege of being part of churches, which are the receptacles of God’s Spirit.
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5 Leadership Lies We Are Tempted to Believe

A fast pace with high pressure can cause us to believe functional leadership lies even if we’ve been taught they’re not true. I call them functional lies because they are not moral or sinful, but they can still be harmful.
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Doing Church Biblically Can Be Messy

Making sure you have a biblical church is often a messy, difficult, and uncomfortable process. There are many, easier approaches pastors can take with their churches, none of which are honoring to God.
Sermon Illustrations

Ten Tips on Sermon Illustrations

Sermon illustrations can be a glorious bridge in a sermon between the text of God's Word and the congregation. A good illustration can open up a passage of Scripture, bring understanding to God's people, and touch their hearts with application.
7 Practical Thoughts on Forgiveness in Leadership

7 Practical Thoughts on Forgiveness in Leadership

Forgiving people and asking for forgiveness is tough work. But forgiveness is to the leader what oxygen is to the lungs.
The Three Biggest Enemies You’ll Face Every Day

The Three Biggest Enemies You’ll Face Every Day

There are three biggest enemies you'll face every day. And people are not the real enemies. Paul made that clear.
Appreciate Pastors

Why and How We Can Appreciate Pastors

We know the strength of churches is directly connected to the effectiveness and well-being of pastors. This is why we must appreciate pastors. 
The Almost Invisible Church

The Almost Invisible Church

Be content with pastoring an almost invisible church. To paraphrase an old saying, God must love almost invisible churches because he made so many of them. So we’d better start to love them too.
Why “Remove Negative People” Is Terrible Advice For Leaders

Why “Remove Negative People” Is Terrible Advice For Leaders

The world may tell you to remove negative people from your life. But if you strive to be an authentic leader, your goal should be just the opposite. You should be seeking out negative people, and placing yourself directly, and intentionally, in their midst.
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Debate: Should Kids Be Excused From School to Study the Bible?

A Bible Release Time program is currently being vetted in Knox County, Tennessee. Students are excused one hour a month from their regular classes to attend a course at a neighboring church. Students' parents must sign a release form and the course takes the place of subjects like art and music.

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Brady Boyd on the Need for Us to Turn Outrage into...

The modern church, says Brady Boyd, "has chosen some cheap substitutes to the original Great Commission." But there is a way we can correct our mission drift...and the key is the two greatest commandments.