by Dustin Boles, a pastor at Mosaic Church in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.
I am a happy guy. No, seriously. I am a very happy guy. I am blessed. I love Jesus. I believe the gospel. My marriage is good and my church is good. So, why are there times when I feel despair, self-hatred, hopelessness, and lethargy on a level that seems crippling? That is the question in ministry that is most asked internally and the least verbalized to others. It is embarrassing to admit that we feel this way. It seems ungrateful to feel this way when God has done so much for us. Can a real Christian even feel this way?
Depression in ministry is not the exception but the rule. We all feel it, maybe to different depths and for different durations but we all feel it. The Bible gives us hope, ...
There isn't a lot out there to encourage church planters. Advice? Yes. Correction? Yes. Coaching? Yes. Comparing? Yes. Mocking? Sometimes. Encouragement? Not really. Some may say, "Well, if you're a church planter you shouldn't need kudos to stay the course." There's some truth to that, but that's not what encouragement is about. To en-courage is "to put courage into". Yes, our ultimate source of encouragement is the Chief Planter. Yet, the primary means by which we receive and experience his encouragement is through His people - especially from others who are in the trenches with you. So, to all my fellow church planters, this is my encouragement to you, as one among you.
A SINGULAR, PURE DEVOTION TO JESUS
Brothers, keep going. Love your Jesus well. Stay close to him. Make him ...
Geoff Bradford is the Senior Pastor of Christ the King Presbyterian Church in Raleigh, NC. He will be speaking on the topic of family health at our upcoming Raleigh Boot Camp on November 13-14, 2013.
I dread the annual physical exam by my doctor. Once you hit 40, well, they do bad, bad things to you at the doctor's office. The worst, of course, is the prostate exam.
Now, as bad as it is, I'm glad for the annual evaluation of my physical health. I need to know how high my cholesterol is, my blood sugar, etc. So much of my health is not just measured by how I feel. I feel OK. Maybe not my college self, but pretty OK. But that doesn't mean I am healthy. I need an evaluation.
If you were up for a spiritual prostate exam, if your spiritual bloodwork were up for review; how healthy would you ...
By Pastor Scott Thomas
After 46 years, Penn State football’s head coach Joe Paterno was suddenly fired. The once great reign of the NCAA Division I football’s winningest coach had come to an abrupt and tragic end. 83-year-old Joe Paterno (endearingly known as “JoePa”) achieved 409 wins, five undefeated seasons and two national championships. But suddenly, none of that mattered anymore. In one week, after the arrest of a former assistant coach on child sexual abuse charges, everybody's favorite grandpa was removed from the sidelines for the first time since the Lyndon Johnson Administration.
The Apostle Paul said, "I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith" (2 Tim. 4:7). Finishing with honor for the glory of God is the goal. It ...
by Scott Thomas, President of Acts 29
Spiritual and church leadership is tough for even the best of leaders. Behind closed doors, every leader will admit being tired, frustrated, angry, depressed, confused and attacked. The Apostle Paul's protégé, Timothy was about to take up his work he needed to be a leader filled with grace. Paul told Timothy, "You therefore, my son, be strengthened by the grace that is in Christ Jesus" (2 Timothy 2:2). We are only able to lead effectively after grace strengthens us.
"We are only able to lead effectivelyafter grace strengthens us."
Be strengthened by grace, not by your natural talents. Timothy may have certainly been very winsome naturally. He may have been able to articulate naturally. He may have been a fairly good public speaker. ...