Calvin on God’s Infinite Goodness

“However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts.” — John Calvin (10 July 1509 – 27 May 1564) was a French theologian, pastor and reformer in Geneva during the Protestant Reformation. He was a principal figure in the development of the system of Christian theology later called Calvinism, aspects … Read More

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Thinking About Thinking

Since the quality of your life is so directly tied to the quality of your internal dialogue, you must do all you can to shape that dialogue for your own good. Understanding the power of your thoughts or knowing you need to change is not enough. You have to take specific action. Here are some practical steps you can take … Read More

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Love Your Family: Putting in the Hard Work

Providing well for your family is a major component of loving them–and hard work is key to being able to provide well. For some reason, however, too many pastors have gotten it into their heads that ministry is a soft profession–that it can be done with less effort and intentionality than other jobs. In a surprising number of ministerial circles, … Read More

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Hudson Taylor On Humble Good Works

“As our Father makes many a flower to bloom unseen in the lonely desert, [let us] do all that we can do, as under God’s eye, though no other eye ever take note of it.” — James Hudson Taylor (May 21, 1832 – June 3, 1905) was a pioneer in reaching the unreached for Christ. He was unlike any other … Read More

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4 Helpful Tips for Effective Project Marking

Many tasks you tackle will be small enough to complete in a single sitting. But for those larger projects, you must always be able to track where you are. Marking where you left on a project is a relatively simple step you must take for your own sake and for that of your reputation, your staff, volunteers, and your church. … Read More

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Sidestepping Stress: The Stress-Health Connection

Walking in the fullness of the new you goes beyond eating well, exercising, and getting enough rest. To achieve and maintain true health, you also have to learn to handle the stress in your life. Otherwise, it will derail your other efforts, keeping you overweight, sick, emotionally bound, and quite possibly taking you to an early grave. When you begin … Read More

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Dr. Michael Green On Connecting With People

“Evangelism is never proclamation in a vacuum, but always to people, and the message must be given in terms that make sense to them.”  – Dr. Michael Green (August 20, 1930 – February 6, 2018) was widely influential as an author, evangelism scholar and defender of the Christian faith. Green’s humorous, engaging style of writing and speaking made him highly … Read More

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Forming Your Small Groups: The Mid-Month Evaluation Meeting

As the old military saying goes, “No battle plan ever survives first contact with the enemy.” In the same way, the plans and goals you laid out so carefully for your small groups will invariably need to be re-evaluated and tweaked. Don’t be caught off guard. Schedule a mid-month evaluation meeting to check your progress. Pull your team together and … Read More

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