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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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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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Why Should We Care About Excellence?

Why should God’s people and God’s servants care about excellence? From the maintaining of a church facility to the order of hall closet—does it matter if we have a standard of excellence and order in our lives and ministries? For many, this is a “self-image thing.” Excellence can be about self-promotion and personal image before…

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New England’s Quiet Christian Revival

A couple of weeks ago, I retweeted an article from Slate reporting on the surprising growth of Christianity in New England (presumed to be closed to the gospel.) If you didn’t read it, you can find it here: New England’s Quiet Christian Revival. It’s well worth the read in terms of tracking the moving of…

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The New Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast is LIVE!

We are happy to announce the Emmanuel Baptist Church Podcast! The messages from Emmanuel Baptist Church of Newington, CT are now available on iTunes and through other Podcast directories (soon) for free download. Usually, three times each week you can download the preaching and teaching series that are presently being delivered. We are excited about…

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The Cold Hearts of New England…

In our transition to Emmanuel Baptist of Newington, CT, many, many people tried to warn me that New Englanders have cold and unresponsive hearts toward the gospel. It seemed that nearly everybody had the same impression of New England— “It can’t be done there…” But I had a hard time believing that God was uprooting…

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Who’s in Whose Way

“I being in the way, the Lord led me.” (Genesis 24:27) Are you in God’s way? Or is God in your way? When God is in my way… My agenda is king. My plans reign. My schedule is full of what I want to do. My focus is on “getting my stuff done.” My world…

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New Podcast—A Soulwinning Church

Don’t miss this month’s Spiritual Leadership Podcast from Pastor Paul Chappell. The topic is “The Soulwinning Church by His Spirit.” The lesson focuses on how to maintain your church family’s passion to share Christ and lead others to Him. It’s a lesson that will help you personally and corporately to avoid the tendency to drift…

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God’s Unfolding Will in Our Lives…

Today was a day that I never thought would happen. In fact, that’s sort of the story of my life for the past couple of years. God has been full of surprises in my walk and relationship with Him. Tonight Pastor Chappell shared with our church family that God is working in our lives and…

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Repost: Fleshly or Spiritual Leader—Which are You?

Recently I was having a conversation with a wonderful servant of God who has worked for several “high-profile” Christian leaders in the past two decades. This is a person for whom I have the utmost respect—an individual with a very gracious spirit, incredible gift mix, and true servant’s heart. And this is a person who…

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Old Soldiers, Young Soldiers…

I apologize in advance that this is a long post—but I pray it will stir you. The topic has surely stirred me. I pray you will pass it along to a young soldier, and an old soldier! A couple of weeks ago, during our son’s Senior trip, God allowed me to visit the Tomb of…

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Repost: How to Help a Wounded Person

One of the most difficult circumstances of life and ministry is to try to help someone who has been deeply hurt. These are hard moments. More than anything, you want to take away the hurt, undo the pain, and fix the problem. But it’s just not that easy. Woundedness—regardless of how it occurred—requires time and…

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Repost: 10 Ways to Lose a Teen’s Attention

Quick post—the top ten ways to completely bore and disconnect with those you teach: 1. Say something not worth hearing—This is basic, but if you want people to listen, start by saying something worth hearing. The number one reason we lose the attention of those we teach is that we’re not convincing them that what…

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A Brief Perspective on Personal Ministry

You either look at “what is” and get discouraged or worse, judgmental. Or you look at “what could be” and become engaged in personal discipleship! That’s what God’s amazing grace, love, and redemption are all about. God always sees “what could be” in me… (and you) May we extend the same grace of which we…

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Your Schedule is Also Your Example…

If you serve in the ministry, people are watching you and your family. If you don’t want to be watched, then ministry is not the place to be. That said, we are commanded to be ensamples (or examples—a pattern to follow) to the flock (1 Peter 5:3.) As spiritual leaders we’re supposed to be saying,…

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Thoughts On Blogging…

I’ll never forget the first time I heard the word “blog.” It sounded like my friend burped. And the concept sounded about as stupid. That was years ago, and—well, it is self-evident that the concept caught on, not only for me but for millions of others. We live in a day when everybody and their…

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On Becoming an Encourager…

My friend and childhood pastor, Dick Hester recently sent me this challenge, and I wanted to share it here. I’m not nearly the encourager that I wish I was, or that I strive to be—but by the end of my life, I hope it can be said that I was an encourager. Pastor Hester is…

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An Effective Staff Member Grows

This is part two of a series on an effective staff member. You can read the first article here. The big question we’re answering is simply this: What qualities make an effective staff member? What characteristics produce winning teams? If God has placed you “in the middle” of the organization chart somewhere—welcome! Many of us…

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