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The Language of Ministry and Calling: Jeremiah

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When you speak of your ministry or calling, is your language positive and life-giving or is it the overflow of a profound woundedness and insecurity? Do your words reflect a fire burning in your heart for the people to whom God has called you? While, in the moment, it may seem like nothing more than […]

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The Same Battle… Two Opposite Responses

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  I have nothing against consultants. How’s that for an opening statement? The issue I have is with church leadership that finds itself in crisis and, as their first response, calls in a consultant because they don’t know what to do. So, the consultant arrives with their bag of tricks, tools for analysis, underlying philosophies […]

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Parking Spaces or Nothing

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It was not just for Jeremiah’s benefit that God said to him, “Call to Me and I will answer you, and will tell you great and hidden things that you have not known” (Jeremiah 33:3). After all, Jeremiah was already a prophet of the Lord, and God had already been speaking great and hidden things […]

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Speed Dating

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I’ve only seen it on TV commercials, but it looks ridiculous and desperate. A room full of people walking around with drinks in their hands, looking for meaningful relationships, but limited to five minutes of table-talk with each other to determine compatibility. I know I will make some of you angry, but that is what […]

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Too Much Information

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“You are barren right now, being harassed by the enemy, but you are about to conceive and have a son.” That’s what the angel of the Lord said to a nameless woman, the wife of Manoah, and soon-to-be mother of Samson, in Judges 13. In addition to this exciting promise, the angel of the Lord […]

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Decisions: Common Sense or God

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By the time Jacob leaves his mother and father’s home as a young adult, he has no personal relationship with God, which is sad in itself. Jacob’s lack of personal relationship with God is reflected in his response to Isaac’s question about Jacob’s apparent success in hunting. Jacob tells his father, “The Lord YOUR God […]