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Encouragement for Spiritual Leaders

A friend recently said to me, “Cary, in the role of leader or pastor, the highs are higher… but the lows are lower.” I called my friend this week—same one. And asked, “Hey, do you ever hit an indescribable low that almost feels like an oppression?” He said, “Yes… regularly.” I said, “Me too! I…

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10 Wonderful Experiences of Being a New Pastor

Last week I shared 10 Stretching Experiences of Being a New Pastor. Today, I want to rehearse the blessings of serving God with a wonderful group of people. God wants us to enjoy the journey of His will, and Satan desires to make it as miserable and difficult as possible. Here are some things that cause…

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Unbelieving Believers

Our transition to New England has been nothing short of the most tumultuous upheaval imagineable. It’s been shell-shocking, heart-wrenching, and emotionally chaotic. It’s also been abundantly blessed, amazingly grace-filled, and powerfully revealing of God’s heart and goodness. Name the extreme of emotion—from fantastic highs to lonely lows, and yes, we’re there—sometimes both at once! There…

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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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10 Stretching Experiences of Being a New Pastor

My son recently got a part-time job at Dunkin’ Donuts. Attached to his name tag, for the first few weeks, he had to wear a ribbon that said, “I’m new—thank you for being patient!” I teased him when I saw it, but then it convicted me! Every Sunday, as I step onto the platform or…

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What If…

What if the Holy Spirit was working in the heart of that person you passed by? What if He would have radically changed them because you invited them to church or told them about Jesus? What if your city is more open to the gospel than you and other Christians believe? What if the Holy…

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The Dangers of Depletion…

Do you ever try to press on when you’re depleted? Do you ignore the warning signs of “being on empty?” Sometimes I do. It’s easy to pretend we don’t have limits. But we do. We all hit points and places where emotionally, physically, spiritually we are basically useless—running on empty. And these points render us…

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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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Hey, NEW ENGLAND CHRISTIANS, Listen Up!

This is a post for New England Christians! If you know a Christian in New England, please pass it along! I can’t believe this GOOD NEWS! Hey New England—it’s RESURRECTION WEEK! This is the weekend we celebrate the RESURRECTION of Jesus Christ! The God man who gave His life and shed His perfect blood on…

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8 Ways to Help Those Who Grieve

This week our ministry has experienced a devastating loss. Angie Larson—one of the sweetest Christian ladies I’ve ever met, and a joyful servant at Emmanuel Christian Academy, was suddenly taken home to Heaven on Friday morning. For Angie’s husband, five children, and our ministry family, this loss is indescribably painful. And the grieving process has…

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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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Five “Ministries” That Kill Real Ministry

(I use the word “ministry” in this post tongue in cheek.) It seems that some leaders and Christians have appointed themselves to unhealthy “ministries.” These are “ministries” that stifle the gospel, oppose growth in grace, quench the moving of the Holy Spirit, and kill the body life of a healthy local church. These are “blinding”…

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Random Stuff About Blizzards

In case your wondering—YES—we still love New England, blizzards and all. In SoCal we had earthquakes and sand-storms. In the south there are hurricanes and twisters. In the north east, hurricanes and snow. There’s stuff to love and stuff to live with, no matter where God takes you—right? It’s all in your attitude… For the…

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When You’re Spiritually Numb…

Have you ever been completely bewildered? Emotionally, spiritually, or relationally numb? Wondering where you are in life, how you got there, where God went, and what to do next? Are you there now? You’re not alone. But you are vulnerable. Life’s biggest mistakes are often made right where you are right now. SO… before you…

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Share the Love!

    The graphic below speaks for itself. Just study it and think about it… The saddest part is, MILLIONS of hearts at the bottom of the list are WAITING to hear the gospel. They are READY to be saved. They just need a voice to tell them. Just today, here in Hartford, a friend…

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Repost: Influence vs. Control

Sometimes we get mixed up in ministry. We forget that our responsibility is not control it is influence. God never gave us control of people, their lifestyles, or their choices. He created free will, and gives each individual responsibility for their choices. I fear, out of good intentions, some spiritual leaders cross the line and…

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Repost: Hitting a Wall

This post was written toward the end of my cancer treatments. I thought it might encourage you in facing the walls you might be up against today: Have you ever hit a wall in some aspect of your life? This is something that I haven’t written much about, but walls have become somewhat of a…

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20 Things I Learned about God Last Year

During a year of total change in life and ministry, God proved Himself to be more real, more powerful, more present, and more gracious than I’ve ever personally experienced. Can I share with you some things that God reminded me about Himself this year—in very real and personal ways? 1. He will pursue me relentlessly—Like…

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8 Priorities That Will Transform Your New Year

Psalms 90:12 “So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.” The new year offers us a new opportunity to look forward, put the past behind, and chart the course anew. It’s a fresh start. Last year is in the books. There’s nothing we can do to change it….

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