10 Ways for Christians to Stop Worrying


What’s going to happen to me? How will I make it? What will I do about this? Why do we worry? It seems to come so natural. We worry about what’s going to happen tomorrow or even next month. We worry about what others think. It seems that there is always something to worry about. […]

Leadership Book Interview: Luke Harper on Josiah Road


Luke Harper is a eighteen-year-old student who just graduated from high school as a published author. Luke authored Josiah Road with his dad as a part of an effort to call students to stand, influence, and lead. The study was inspired by principles gleaned from the biblical account of King Josiah (2 Kings 23; 2 […]

How to Pray Around the Globe While Sipping Your Coffee


You will find suggestions for praying around the globe listed below.  There’s a short list for each day of the week.  Pour a mug of your favorite java and let’s start praying. You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea […]

Failure: The F Word of Ministry

The F Word

Last year J.R. Briggs and a team of others launched the Epic Fail Pastor’s Conference.  Realizing the need to deal with our failings and woundings in ministry in a healthy, non-perfect environment the conference allowed pastors (and recovering pastors) the opportunity to be honest, vulnerable, and hopeful with one another, themselves, and the Holy Spirit.  I […]

Palpable, conquerable fear


There are times in our lives where fear is as palpable as the key in the ignition of your car. You sit there, wondering if you really have to start the engine. You wonder if it would be easier to plant, unencumbered by the stress that awaits you the next time the engine will go […]

Defining the Favor of God

Favor of God

The phrase “favor of God” seems to be growing in popularity, and I’m glad. It’s a biblical phrase – a good phrase. But it’s often misunderstood. I once heard a guy talk about finding a parking spot right up front on a busy shopping day because of the “favor of God.” I pictured in my […]

5 Reasons Ministers Are (More) Vulnerable to Sexual Temptation


Let me start off by saying, no one is immune to sexual temptation.  It doesn’t matter what your job is, how old you are, or how much time you spend with Jesus each day.  We all have the potential to fall sexually. Even ministers… and maybe, especially ministers. Ministers have jobs that automatically put them […]

I Have Had Enough!


What thoughts do the words printed in the title stir in your mind? Some would imagine a poor soul who is discouraged and ready to quit. Others would envision a quitter who does not like to sweat or endure hardship. The less compassionate would envision a person who is soft. Some would picture a person […]

A Picture of “Healthy” Discipleship

Fruitful Disciple

I discipled my daughter this morning. Not about Jesus; about oranges. In our household these days, we are trying to eat a little healthier. After finishing her cereal this morning, my 12 yr old Hannah said “I’m still hungry.” “You can have an orange,” I said. “OK…”( I could see the disappointment); “but I want […]

How to Spend an Hour in Prayer


I know an hour seems like a long time to pray. There are many patterns you could use to format your extended prayer time but here’s away to structure an hour in prayer with 12 Bible-based sections.  Spend about 5 minutes on each focus point and you will spend an hour in prayer before you […]

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