Energy Equations: How to Have Better Emotional Health

The Latin derivative for the word emotion literally means “energy in motion.” So emotion equals energy in motion. That is why discovering how to manage your energy well will give you the emotional (and physical) get-up-and-go it takes to become the new you. When you have more energy, you will approach life more proactively. You will want to get out … Read More


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How to Praise God Even in the Middle of Your Stress

Most of you probably say, “Come on guys. We are not just believers, saved by God’s grace. We are pastors–and Renegade Pastors at that! We definitely know how to worship God.” You may think you don’t need this reminder. But one reason we all need a reminder from time to time is that it’s in the middle of trouble when … Read More


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Expand God’s Kingdom: Raising Up New Leaders

What are you doing to identify and encourage people in your church who may feel God calling them to ministry? How would you help someone who is being led to be a pastor move forward? This is one area where the church has dropped the ball in recent decades. Think about it. When was the last time you heard someone … Read More


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Write It Down Right Away: 4 Tips for Your Peace of Mind

Have you ever run into this scenario? A distraught church member comes up to you about something traumatic going on in her life. You listen attentively, address her concerns, give her godly counsel, and end the conversation with, “I will pray for you!” You then promptly forget to pray–until the next time you see her. The reason you forget to … Read More


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Godly Leaders Will Be Provided For

“It is better to be godly and have little than to be evil and rich. For the strength of the wicked will be shattered, but the Lord takes care of the godly.” — Psalm 37:16-17 (NLT)


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Bill Bright On the Power of Your Testimony

“The sermon of your life in tough times ministers to people more powerfully than the most eloquent speaker.” — William R. “Bill” Bright (October 19, 1921 – July 19, 2003) was an American evangelist and Christian leader. His influence spanned the last half of the 20th century and extended into the new millennium. His most notable contributions to Christianity include … Read More


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41 Evidences of Pride, by Nancy DeMoss Wolgemuth for Revive Our Hearts

Do you look down on those who are less educated, less affluent, less refined, or less successful than yourself? Do you think of yourself as more spiritual than your mate, others in your church? Do you have a judgmental spirit toward those who don’t make the same lifestyle choices you do . . . dress standards, how you school your … Read More


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The Voice in Your Head: Replacing Old Thinking With New

Psychologists tell us that we can’t just get rid of a bad habit, including a negative thought pattern. We have to fill the vacated space with something new. Otherwise, our well-intentioned change won’t last; we will revert back to comfortable habits and well-worn patterns. So as you begin eliminating thoughts that don’t benefit you, you have to immediately replace those … Read More


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The Best Way to Raise Up New Small Group Leaders

In John 5:19, Jesus explained, “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself. He does only what he sees the Father doing. Whatever the Father does, the Son also does.” Organic apprenticeship is the best way to raise leaders in your church. You don’t need heavy training or extensive leadership-development programs. You can raise leaders by … Read More


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The 7 Keys to Setting Effective Deadlines

Deadlines are an important tool. Try to attach one to every task you add to your to-do list. Keep the following seven keys in mind to help you start setting deadlines like a pro: Decide whether the proposed task is worth doing. As mentioned previously, don’t waste your time on activities that either don’t need to be done or could … Read More


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