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Faith Eats Feelings for Breakfast!

Faith Eats Feelings for Breakfast!

Have you ever faced a moment when you felt like you were “losing faith?” Almost always those moments are connected to times when God did not behave as we expected Him to. He didn’t come through “when,” “how,” or “as” we expected.

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A Value-Driven New Year

A Value-Driven New Year

How about some “new year values” instead of some “new year plans?” Plans are fine, but over 30 years of ministry and life planning, my takeaway is plans are often overrated.

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10 Ways to Win Over Winter Emotions

10 Ways to Win Over Winter Emotions

Ready for winter? If you don’t live in a “wintery place” move along—there’s nothing to see here. For the rest of us—I happily send you these 10 ways to win over winter emotions (plus a bonus!)

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My Most Powerful Deliberate Spiritual Practice

My Most Powerful Deliberate Spiritual Practice

Are you ever overwhelmed by circumstances beyond your control? Do you, like me, tend to default to manufacturing your own solutions? When things go badly, my immediate instinct is to solve, avoid, escape, or forge my own solutions to my situation.

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Eight Demons Pastors Fight…

Eight Demons Pastors Fight…

To stay in the ministry any length of time, a pastor needs to learn to fight some predictable “demons.” For instance, Monday mornings for pastors and spiritual leaders are unique.

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What Changed at Emmanuel Over Six Years

What Changed at Emmanuel Over Six Years

A pastor-friend recently asked me this question, “What are the most essential changes made at Emmanuel over the last six years?” He urged me to shape my answer into a blog post, which I nervously submit to you at this time.

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Reading Diversely and Discerningly

Reading Diversely and Discerningly

Every Christian leader should read—often, diversely, and discerningly. I live in a region of America where we are often witnessing to atheists, Catholics, denominational Christians, post-moderns, skeptics, secularists, wiccans, sexually confused, and academically accomplished people.

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I’m Just Struggling!

I’m Just Struggling!

On average, probably more than twice a week, I hear from another pastor who, in a moment of painful transparency reaches out to me saying, “I’m struggling.” It’s so common, I believe pervasive is a more appropriate word. I hear the same from church family and Christian friends. They reach out because they know I struggle too

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