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10 Things Pastors Wish They Knew Before They Became Pastors

In an informal survey of pastors, I asked a simple question: “What do you wish you had been told before you became a pastor?” Some of the responses were obvious. For me, a few were surprises. I note them in order of frequency of response, not necessarily in order of importance. After each item, I …

‘Son of God’ film coming to theaters Feb. 28

From Mark Burnett and Roma Downey, producers of the hit History Channel miniseries The Bible comes the new film Son of God, arriving in theaters on February 28. The two-hour movie includes much of the footage of Christ’s life (played by Diogo Morgado) from “The Bible” series framed from the perspective of the Apostle John. …

Strengthening Local Churches for the Harvest

“Enter to worship. Depart to serve.” Those words were painted on a large sign above the doors of a church I once attended. It took me a few decades to fully understand the true meaning of those words, because—frankly—I didn’t see them modeled too much. Most of the serving I observed was within the walls of the …

That They May Be One

I like to pay attention to what people say when they are close to their death. Those final words reveal a lot about the person who utters them, and I think that in some ways, they reflect what they have kept in his/her heart for a long time, waiting for that special moment. Those can …

Worship Among Generations

Music has always been a point of contention between the generations. “Turn your music down!” is the rhetoric of many parents of teenagers. This issue comes to light, even in our churches. “Drums in worship; choir robes or regular clothes; hymnals versus projection screens; and the question of outdated organs . . .” are among …

The Word of God

The Bible, the inspired Word of God, is the foundation of the Christian faith. It is the medium of God’s addressing man and the means of man’s knowing of the incarnation, crucifixion, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Since all intelligent faith in the supernatural rests ultimately upon the divine origin, plenary inspiration, and infallible authority …

Heartlines for Pastors’ Wives: Be Of Good Cheer For There Is Hope

Every experience in our lives gives birth to emotional reactions that define us and reflect who we really are. It has been said that our true personality is revealed during the toughest times we face. When our hearts are full of joy, we are often unable to hide that fact because our actions will also …

Modeling and Inspiring Stewardship

Sharing in All Things “Now the multitude of those who believed were of one heart and one soul; neither did anyone say that any of the things he possessed was his own, but they had all things in common. And with great power the apostles gave witness to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And …

Anointed to Lead: Be Victorious

In 1985, a former drug addict and violent gang member named Misha was freed after five years from a hard-labor prison camp in Siberia. To most people, he was simply the son of a street prostitute and a runaway father. Then the miracles began. While pausing to listen at a street service in Moscow, he …

God’s Divine Plan

God has always had a plan. His plan was so great that He could not entrust it to anyone else. But in order to finish it, He would have to come to earth. King Solomon said from the glorious temple he had built, “Will God indeed dwell on the earth? Behold, the heaven and heaven …