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A discouraged pastor

When pastors are discouraged, they can be discouraging. And that’s not good for anyone. The nature of their vocation places demands for them to be “up” which may foster a false impression that they have it all together.

Freely received

It’s post-Christmas. Beware of how quickly society seeks to bury the manger underneath the mundane. As much as our culture wants Christmas to come, it wants the Christ of Christmas to disappear quickly. We have freely received – again. How can we freely give to keep Christmas alive?

A Jesus Christmas

Trite Christmas expressions like “Jesus is the reason for the season” are true – but they lack the power of a personal expression of how much Jesus means to you. Sing. Declare. Proclaim. Here’s my own inadequate attempt to point to Jesus this season and to lend a note to the global chorus that Jesus loves me.

Four responses to Jesus at Christmas

Christmas is not just about Jesus. It requires RESPONSE to Jesus. Here are four responses we see in the first Christmas. What is yours?

The humility of Thanksgiving

Embracing humility is the only path to experiencing true Thanksgiving. A leper can teach us more than a turkey.

For the Love of Money

I recently preached a sermon on Money – our use, misuse and abuse of it and examined why the Bible says that the love of money is the root of all sorts of evil. Check it out if and tell me if we fulfilled our promise to “pull no punches in an all-out attack on faulty thinking, greed and fear related to our finances.”

Tithe your social media influence

Social media isn’t going away. At all. Rather than being mastered by it, we should seek to be stewards of it. Have you ever considered tithing your social media influence?

#Loveyourwork?

It’s wonderful when we love our work. But should it be an expectation or “norm,” or is it a blessing? And how can we be good stewards of our job-loving around those who may not enjoy theirs?

Need wind in your sails?

Sometimes we find ourselves “stuck.” We drift from initial discomfort to eventual despondency. We long for something to happen, for a break to come our way, for our circumstances to change. I’ve found one principle that has helped me immensely when I find myself in the doldrums.

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