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What to Do About the Doldrums

Certainly making a ministry work is an endeavor of vision, prayer, plans and hard work. Ministry is not for the lazy. Pastors are known to work long hours for little compensation. Most would embrace the philosophy: If you want to leave footprints in the sands of time,...

Starving to Measure Up

They gaze at themselves in the mirror and feel profound dissatisfaction. They starve themselves or binge on food and then purge. They feel ugly no matter what others say. They feel that they fall short of American ideal. They do not look like the current Hollywood...

Where’s Your Tent?

Now Moses used to take a tent and pitch it outside the camp some distance away, calling it the tent of meeting. — Exodus 33:7 All ministers naturally want their ministry to be a successful one. So what do you do when you pour your life into a ministry that seems to...

Failing to Plan = Planning to Fail

“Why plan?” George asked. “I just wait on the Lord and He tells me what to do.” Many ministers believe that long-range or strategic planning demonstrates faithlessness and quenches the Holy Spirit. This is a misguided belief. In fact, the scriptures condone “the plans...

Cultivate an Attitude of Gratitude

So then, just as you received Christ as Lord, continue to live in him, rooted and built up in him, strengthened in the faith as you were taught, and overflowing with thankfulness. COLOSSIANS 2:6-7 INGRATITUDE. It is so common that it has become an expected, harmless...

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.

Keeping It Real

I deal in failure. Much of my time is spent working with leaders, husbands, wives, who have failed; people who have made a mess of life or those who the mess has affected. The painful part is that failure has many victims. Like ripples in a still lake, the moral...