Personal Resources

What's All The Anger About?

"Our culture is full of angry people," said one pastor. "We have angry spouses, drive-by shootings, police assassinations and gang vendettas. But the anger isn't just out there, there is also anger and frustration in our own lives." Read article

Acquiring Humility

Humility can conjure up depressing images of self- abasement and groveling, however, this is not the true meaning of humility. Perhaps we can best understand humility by attempting to see ourselves through God's eyes rather than our own. Read article

It's None of Your Business

Are secret practices of people we know and love "none of our business?" Do significant others have a right
to the truth of who you are and what you are doing? Read article

A Better New Year Resolution

Most people make new-year resolutions in an attempt to overcome weakness or solve a personal problem. I believe there is another and possibly better resolution to make. Focus on your strengths. Read article

Just Say "OK"

It sounds simple and even relieving to just "let go" and give God the control that He already has in our lives. However, when the rubber meets the road, it can be one of the most difficult things to do. What are your reasons for putting up a fuss when God wants to move in your life? This article challenges all of us to follow Christ's example on the cross and just say "ok." Read article

Living Under A Gray Sky

Sometimes prolonged periods of "feeling down" go unquestioned as possibly something more serious. However, a lesser known form of depression can manifest itself in just this way. Read on for how to identify when "having the blues" is something more. Read article

Praying for the Afflicted: How to Wage Spiritual Warfare Against Mental Disorders

Mental disorders take on many different shapes and sizes. From alcohol abuse to schizophrenia to sex addiction, these diseases have a vice-like grip over their victims, and often cannot be overcome without a powerful prayer strategy. Read on for practical suggestions on how to pray for someone who is afflicted. Read article

From Diet to Disorder

Eating disorders are on the rise, especially in Christian communities. The desire for perfection can quickly turn harmful as dieting behaviors have become more extreme. This article explains some of the telltale signs of an eating disorder, as well as how to treat these diseases if they have already infiltrated your home. Read article

Anger Management

James wrote that we should be "slow to become angry". Some days, that feels like a Herculean task, especially within the microcosm of the church. Take a close-knit community, add some differences of opinion, top it off with a dose of human nature, and you've got a ticking time bomb on your hands. Al shares some tips to manage anger and conflict in a godly way. Read article

Who is the Man in Your Life?

The old saying "it's lonely at the top" applies to pastors just as much as the rest of the world. Many pastors and Christian leaders lack a true friend, someone who can provide godly direction, encouragement and even admonishment when needed. If you do not have a person like this in your life, this article gives some characteristics to look for, and how to pray for God to bless you with such a friendship. Read article

What to Do About the Doldrums

Depression. Anxiety. Weariness. Pastors are not immune to these emotions. In fact, seasons of depression are a natural part of ministry. That doesn't mean that you shouldn't do anything about it. Chances are God is trying to tell you something. How will you use your low moments to grow closer to Him? Read article

Starving to Measure Up

The manifestation of eating disorders is as varied as the causes behind them. Remuda Ranch Treatment Programs Staff Writer Debra Cooper explains the origins, symptoms and telltale signs of eating disorders, as well as what to do if you suspect a friend or loved one is battling this affliction. Read article

The Overlooked Secret to High-level Leadership

Do you avoid unpleasant tasks? Are your work habits haphazard? Can others rely on you? Sometimes what seems like human nature is really slothfulness subtly infiltrating our lives, and the repercussions can be grave. This article offers some tips for avoiding derailing behaviors while enhancing effective ones. Read article

Where's Your Tent?

Keeping first things first (intimacy with Christ) can be difficult amidst the hum of daily life. AL shares some practical tips for establishing a distraction free "tent of meeting" for your spiritual walk. Read article

Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail

Divinely inspired, long-range planning is just as important as the Holy Spirit's daily guidance. In this article, Al provides step-by-step- instructions on what a strategic planning process should look like. Read article

Seven New Year's Resolutions for Leaders that Won't Go In One Year and Out the Other

Fewer than 50 percent of New Year's resolutions are kept past six months. Perhaps this is because they tend to be impromptu and unrealistic, with no real plan of attack. Most of all, they may not always be relevant to God's plan. In this article, Al shares some New Year's commitments for leaders that, when prayerfully planned and aligned with God's will, have real staying power. Read article

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

Do you find that ingratitude in others is sapping your stamina to maintain your own? Are the rude, insensitive, ungrateful and selfish people in your life deflating the drive you once had to serve God? Here's some advice. Read article

America's Number One Spiritual Problem

How much do you worry? Is it constant? Is it occasional, but justified, because you've got problems to solve? Is it possibly Satan's most subtle stronghold over you, keeping you separate from God? Anxiety is much more than a medical problem, sabotaging Christians' spiritual health. You can banish worry and anxiety from your life. Al explains how. Read article

Keeping It Real

The ability to face reality of self, life and others as it is, not as you wish it to be, is the
foundation of sound emotional health. Read article