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God Answers Prayer and Heals an Aneurysm

The Bible tells us to pray for healing. We may not always experience a miraculous healing, but we never know when God will answer in a powerful way. There are countless stories of answered prayers that doctors cannot explain. Here is one example: Shortly after we started praying for people in public in our services, […]

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preaching without notes

7 Benefits of Preaching Without Notes

Growing up, I never wanted to be a pastor because public speaking was one of my biggest fears. If I were to have ranked my worst fears in order, it would have been: Girls Public speaking Death Speaking to girls My first sermon was terrible. I hid behind the biggest podium I could find, clutching […]

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Sin is Like a Golf Ball Through a Window

It is easy to compare your sin with the sin of another. Well, at least I am not as bad as him. She is far worse than I am. We feel somehow justified because overall we are pretty good. But we must understand that all sin, no matter how small, results in the same consequence. […]

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things I wish I knew before becoming a pastor

20 Things I Wish I Knew Before Becoming a Pastor

Let’s cut the fluff and get real for a moment. Being a pastor is incredibly difficult. The church is often guilty of only painting a picture of the wonderful blessings of being called to ministry—like it only gets better day after day. We somehow forget to talk about the suffering involved. Did we forget, or […]

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Compliments Change a Marriage

Compliments are powerful. A few words of encouragement can go a long way in building others up. Likewise, negative words tear people down. This is especially true in marriage. Several years ago, I was sitting in my office with my door open. A lady walking down the hall said, “Have you got a minute?” “Sure, […]

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