In a time where financial certainty is deserting many of us, what can we learn about persisting in faithful giving? About trusting God with everything?
Pastoral ministry is difficult — how can you know if it's time to walk away or continue?
As leaders in our churches, what can we learn from Peter about how to manage, even thrive, in the current crises?
Hear how God ministered directly to a woman during some of the hardest nights — and how He continues to
Many of us are finding ourselves in financially difficult times — how can we rely on God through these times?
How can we stay close to God, positive, and a blessing to others when we are confined by circumstances?
How do we know we're doing the right thing in times like these?
As Christians, what do our lives portray?
In the midst of suffering and fear, people are longing for truth. We are in a unique position to share the very truths that people are thirsting for.
In a time of social distancing, how can we reach people with the good news of Christ? Turns out that all you need is a cell phone.
Social Distancing may be a new phrase that we're using — but is it something we've inadvertently been practicing for a long time? Is this old kind of social distancing actually Christ-like?
With the world becoming worse and it taking a toll on all of us, what should be our focus? How should we spend our time?
As a minister of God, especially in these trying times, ministry has a way of becoming overwhelming. Listen to how one minister has learned to cope with the stressors of life.
We may think that retirement brings the end to ministry — but God has wonderful blessings in store for us at every stage of life. Fruitful and meaningful ministry is even possible in retirement.
How can a congregating exist outside of a church or school? Better yet, how can such a congregating minister to one another amidst these hard times?
In this new kind of community that we find ourselves, how can we adapt with technology to ensure a close community?
Sometimes we overuse the word "amazing"; but Mark, in his epistle, used this word intentionally to describe many facets of Christ's character and actions. How can be continuously be amazed by Him?
Effective ministry takes time. How can we learn from those who have gone before us and continue to minister beside us?
How can we learn to trust God in the good times as well as the hard times? How do we lay down roots that can weather the storms of life?
How many does God need to to pray in order to answer them?
How can we view God during this time of uncertainty? Let's take lessons from the life of Paul as we see God as the God of opportunity.
In these uncertain times, our definition of normal is changing. How are we to adapt? What should we strive to maintain even in this new normal?
Jesus performed many miracles when He was on earth. Does that mean that miracles are always from God? How can we tell? How can we be prepared to have spiritual discernment?
What does the Bible say about demon possession? How does it happen? What are precautions we can take?
What happens when we try to compromise Christian beliefs for the sake of of blending with other religions? Is any amount of compromise okay? How can we know if we're compromising or not?
We can often throw around terms like "demonic possession" without really knowing what they mean practically or biblically. What are the correct definitions? More importantly, what do the Biblical definitions of these concepts teach us about receiving freedom in Christ?
An experience of an ordinary Christian being led by the extraordinary Savior.
Many churches or religious leaders have different versions of "deliverance ministries"—but what is a Biblical template? Is there one? How can we minister to those who are oppressed by evil spirits?
How can we keep ourselves safe in Christ--safe even from demonic possession?
We are often told to follow God's call for our lives, but this simple phrase is multi-faceted in practicality. How do we sense God's call? What is our part and what is God's part?
Why are some people unwilling or unable to forgive? What causes these scars, and how can we help people heal in the way Christ does?
Because children also go through loss and trauma, they inevitably experience grief. However, their grief is often overlooked or misunderstood. How do they experience grief, and how can we love them well during this difficult experience?
When Jesus called for the little children to come to him, he called all children. How can we make our churches a place where all children and all people are welcome, loved, and treasured?
Jesus asked more questions than He answered. In fact, “according to the Gospels, Jesus asks 307 questions, is asked only 183, and answers fewer than 10 of those he is asked.” When we ask for a response, we are asking a question, wanting the hearers to do something. What do we want people to do?
Preachers, there is no other way to tell God’s story. To reflect upon this love, to make it the goal of your life, is the only way to...
On average, across the United States, more than 50 percent of those believers who should be in church are not. They are those who profess Christian beliefs but have willfully disconnected themselves from any meaningful relationship to the body of Christ. The Barna Group, which tracks church trends, conducted a survey that presented some startling statistics.
How can preachers both meet the expectation that preaching be biblical and also capture young hearers?
The power of the Holy Spirit is indispensable when crafting and delivering effective sermons. To downplay His role in preaching creates a false dichotomy between the discipline of homiletics and the doctrine of pneumatology. The Holy Spirit plays seven important roles in the life of the preacher, the preparation of a sermon, the preaching moment, and the lives of listeners.
As ministers, one of the most awesome opportunities we have is to preach God’s words of life to spiritually thirsty people. Most of us do this on a weekly basis at church. However, a major difference exists between worship-service preaching and evangelistic preaching. Here are 12 practical and powerful principles of evangelistic preaching that anyone can incorporate into their ministry.
Two church leaders accused James White of something absolutely scandalous. And James readily admitted that the accu- sation was true. So, what was this tale that Iowa Conference president B. F. Snook and secretary W. H. Brinkerhoff spread all around just after the May 17, 1865, General Conference Session in Battle Creek, Michigan?
What exactly is a multichurch district council or board? A multi-church district is an amalgamation of several local churches in a given geographical territory under the guidance of a single pastor with associates, if any. The highest decision-making body for a district is referred to as a multichurch district council. What kind of relationship do these councils have to the local church boards? Do they replace them? Is there a duplication of functions? Is there conflict?
What is the most effective ministry strategy for one of the most secular countries on earth? Furthermore, how can we experience the successful ministry that Jesus wants us to experience with Him?
For excellent performance, EQ is twice as important as IQ. What exactly is EQ and how can it be practiced effectively?
How do we relate to people with disabilities in our churches? How do we include them? How do we make them feel?
How do we, as pastors, deal with those struggling with involuntary childlessness?
I have had the privilege of becoming acquainted with and ministering to members of the disabled community and their families, as well as their caregivers. Blessings and opportunities for spiritual growth await a congregation willing to prayerfully minister with Christian love and acceptance to the disabled.
In my first three years of ministry, I was committed to preaching—but not to sermon preparation. The result was dozens of halfhearted sermons prepared the night before to be endured by the dear saints. It took a Damascus Road experience to make me realize that if I sincerely wanted God to...
If telling stories was good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us.
“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a, NIV).
I was working at Agona-Ashanti Secondary School in Ghana when it happened. While I was speaking with Dr. Joseph Addai, the school chaplain, his son suddenly burst into tears. “Why is he crying?” I asked. The father conversed with his son, then turned to me, laughing...
Do I really recognize the treasure I’ve been given in the Word of God? Is spending time in prayer and meditating on God’s Word more precious than all my earthly pursuits?
Why not give Him the woes in your life and ministry? Remember, His work in us is accomplished “ ‘not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit,’ says the LORD of hosts” (Zech. 4:6, NKJV).