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Leading Healthy Change Part 7

We’re talking about leading healthy change. In Part One we discussed discerning “good change” and “bad change.” In Part Two we discussed the starting point of appreciating “what is” and managing the tension between “what is” and “what could be.” In Part Three we began discussing the first two of six steps in the process—building healthy relationships and communicating effectively. In Part…

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Losing Our “Learned Helplessness”

Psalm 81:6 begins with these words “I removed his shoulder from the burden.” This is God speaking regarding his deliverance of the nation of Israel. What’s amazing about it, is that God’s deliverance often had temporary negative aspects or impact. Think about it. He took Joseph to Egypt through slavery and prison, only to elevate…

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Strengthened In Your Storm!

Has God led you into a storm? Are you seized with worry, fear, confusion as the winds howl around you and water builds up in your boat? Feel like you’re sinking? Read on. This post just might be for you! This past Sunday we marked our 4th anniversary at Emmanuel Baptist Church. It’s hard to…

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If You’re Suffering, Jesus Knows How You Feel

The week before Easter, for most pastors and Christians, is a week of meditating upon the cross of Jesus Christ. Our next three church services will be focused on the suffering and sacrifice of Jesus. There is not a topic more sobering. This week, I hope you will consider deeply what Jesus suffered for you. Isaiah prophesied,…

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Help Your Guests Overcome Fear at Church

Stepping into a church for the first time is a terrifying experience for an unbeliever. Recently, I was on my way to connection group when I saw a young a single mother coming into our lobby. Most people were already in class, except for the greeter at that door, so I walked over and said,…

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Counter-Intuitive Church Development

“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.” (Matthew 5:13) I’m not a fan of the term “church-growth.” It’s God’s job to build His…

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A Deeper Thanks!

Jabez was a pretty awesome guy! He was born with name that means “sorrow” and sounds like the Hebrew expression of “ouch.” He could have accepted the fate that his name and family predicted. He could have let whatever sorrowful circumstances resulted in that name also determine his fate. From his disadvantaged birth, most would…

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One Key to an Irresistible Marriage (Repost)

Recently, a young couple emailed me and asked an insightful question about their relationship. Several years into their marriage, they are discovering how “opposite” they really are in many areas. And that realization scared them. They asked if this discovery should worry them, or if all couples experience this. It occurred to me that most…

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Why Nobody Can Rationally Deny Jesus’ Resurrection

Here are TEN quick reasons why nobody can really, rationally deny the resurrection of Jesus Christ. The resurrection of Jesus is absolutely plausible… 1. Nobody expected it—not even His closest followers. 2. Nobody would have invented it—The cleverest fiction writer wouldn’t have contrived this story, and least of all a bunch of uneducated, perplexed disciples….

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Random Musings from a New Grandpa

Our first two grandchildren were born this week. Surreal! It’s given pause for some reflection—some humorous, some serious. I thought I’d share it with you… Here are TEN random musings from a new grandpa: 1. I’ve been waiting for 23 years to get my wife back. I think I just lost her again. She came…

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Things I’m Thankful for Today

To a healthy Christian, Thanksgiving is not merely a holiday, it’s a lifestyle. How I long to grow in gratitude! Don’t you LOVE Thanksgiving Day!? This list could be SO long, but I’m going to do my best to keep it short! Here are a few things I’m thankful for, and why:   The Spiritual Stuff…

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Lincoln’s Original Thanksgiving Proclamation

By the President of the United States of America. A Proclamation. The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added,…

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Tools for Breakthrough

In my last post I talked about breakthrough. In this post I simply want to share some tools and how they have helped me with breakthrough. Here are the top software resources that have proven useful to me in a major way: Evernote—I started using Evernote as soon as it was released. Now that I’m…

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Is New England Reachable?

According to 57% of unsaved New Englanders—YES! I shared these stats previously, but in case you missed them… Recent surveys of New Englanders and religion have been published by Lifeway. Here are the HIGH POINTS! 1. Church attendance in New England has dropped over 10% in the last four years. That sounds like bad news, but…

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12 Thoughts On Spiritual Battle

Are you dealing with some spiritual oppression or hardship? Do you feel resistance as you are trying to press forward in faith? You’re in good company! Here are some things God has been teaching me about spiritual battle: 1. It always follows after your step out in faith—Satan hates faith expressed! It’s like saying “sick…

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WAIT! Before You Step Out…

God’s will—how do you know when and how to step out in faith? God’s will is big. It’s also unknown. It’s wonderful. It’s also scary. And being certain that you are in God’s will is critical having the confidence to go forward. Perhaps you’re standing on the shore-line, looking out at the vast unknown that…

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Stop Worrying…

As I was struggling to surrender to God’s will, my biggest road block was worry. I worried over all the unknowns. I carried on a million mental arguments with God over why His call was unreasonable, risky, and impossible. There were a thousand roadblocks seemingly standing between me and His plan. In one God-ordained moment,…

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Jesus Brings People and Churches Back to Life!

 Looking Back on Resurrection Sunday Blessings! God is at work at Emmanuel—and it’s all HIM and HIS PEOPLE! He still moves, He still uses single-hearted church families, and the gospel still changes lives. Here are the blessings that I cherish from this past week of ministry… 1. The Blessings of Souls Saved—yesterday, dozens of New…

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How to Invite Someone to Easter Sunday

Hoping to bring a guest with you to Resurrection services on Sunday? Praying for your pastor as he prepares to preach the gospel? Hoping the Spirit of God will open the eyes of someone you invited? There are a lot of people within your reach that the Holy Spirit is already working on. They are…

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The Best Advice I’ve Received as a Pastor

Since arriving in Connecticut to pastor, I’ve had the privilege of seeking biblical counsel and insight from dozens of godly, gracious pastors and spiritual leaders. I entered the pastorate hungry for spiritual advice from those who have pastored well. And God has consistently intersected my path with such men. I’ve been given a LOT of…

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