Spiritual Disciplines

Pastors, Don’t Forget to Refill Your Tank

A long weekend of ministry can drain a pastor’s tank and leave them feeling empty as a new week begins on Monday. In pursuit of greater productivity, pastors can embark on the new week without the physical and spiritual resources needed to fulfill the work of ministry. Here are a few suggestions to help my fellow brothers refill their tank: Feed Yourself from God’s Word – Apply the Word of God to your own life before you ever start thinking about…

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Two Ways to Fight the Seduction of Sin

Country music singer, Randy Travis, performs a song entitled, “Reasons I Cheat.” In the song, Travis vividly details a man wrestling with the reasons why he cheats on his wife. Here are the lyrics: A working day too long when everything goes wrong And a boss who don’t know I’m alive I once had a notion I’d get that promotion, but now I barely survive A wife to demanding with no understanding Of why I stay dead on my feet…

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Character AND Competence in Leadership

“With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” (Ps. 78:72) As I was meditating on Psalm 78 this morning, I was struck by the way Asaph concludes the psalm. Speaking of King David, he writes, “With upright heart he shepherded them and guided them with his skillful hand.” In this verse, we find character and competence in the great king. He was not simply a “man after God’s own heart” (Acts 13:22); he was also…

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