My husband, Steve, sat in a room speaking to a group of Pastors. When he asked these Pastors how many of them had been persecuted for their faith, laughter started around the room and every hand went up. While ministering in a part of the world where Christ is not known, suffering for Jesus to…

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After emerging through customs at Ben Gurion airport, we were met by our tour guide who hastily gathered us together and ushered us to the waiting bus. Once we were underway and cruising toward the coast, the tour guide took the mic to make a rather strange announcement: “Welcome to Israel! I’m glad you’ve come…

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Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. Growing to know Jesus Christ at a heart level is the greatest pursuit of life. As Jesus put it: “THIS is eternal life.” We tend to think of eternal life as never-ending life. But that’s not how Jesus defined…

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Lately, I’ve been studying some of the great revivals. The Hebridean revival took place in the tiny village of Barvas, Scotland between 1949-1953. The revival began with two elderly sisters. One was eighty-two and crippled with arthritis, and the other was eighty-four but completely blind. One night as they sat by a fire, they began…

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How well do you know your pastor? The apostle Paul instructed us to ‘acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work.’ (1 Thessalonians 5:12-13) After having served as a Lead Pastor for over…

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And the LORD God said: “What’s that in your hand?” (Exodus 4:2) God has entrusted each of us with valuable things that he intends for us to use for the good of his kingdom and the fulfillment of his purpose. What kinds of things?  Special skills and abilities Unique perspectives and understandings Compelling passions and…

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George Müller is one of my historic heroes. He was a German evangelist who felt called to take care of the poorest children in Bristol, England in the 1800’s. He preached to small groups of people and received no salary. Müller felt his only financial support should come voluntarily from people. He prayed and God…

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I remember being in 7th grade and memorizing Galatians 2:20 for the first time. I was at a training camp learning how to present the gospel effectively to children. The living conditions were not great, the staff was crabby, and I was miserable. I wanted out! Then I learned the words to this amazing declaration of Paul: “I…

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How do we spiritually shepherd our people at a time when the Body of Christ is so polarized, fragmented, and testy? I’ve been asking myself that question every day for months. If you’re a pastor or ministry leader, you’ve been asking yourself that question as well.  Do we come out with fists swinging, calling it…

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