How to take care of yourself as you care for others. Your church and community need your help now more than ever because of COVID-19. But they are also going to need you later, too. You probably already realize this, but you are in the middle of a marathon, not a sprint. If you are going to fight the good fight, finish the race, and keep the faith (2 Tim. 4:7), you are going to have to make sure there’s enough in the “tank” to reach the finish line. Following are some steps you can take to help keep you…

I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? (Psalm 101:2) In general, every Christian wants to live a life that pleases God. We want to reflect God’s glory in grace in our personal lives, families, jobs, and churches. This is a great goal in the Christian life, but it can be discouraging and overwhelming. One of the reasons it can be so daunting is because it can be difficult to identify where to begin. Psalm 101 is a great place to start and it gives us an outline and starting point to cultivate…

I will ponder the way that is blameless. Oh when will you come to me? (Psalm 101:2) In general, every Christian wants to live a life that pleases God. We want to reflect God’s glory in grace in our personal lives, families, jobs, and churches. This is a great goal in the Christian life, but it can be discouraging and overwhelming. One of the reasons it can be so daunting is because it can be difficult to identify where to begin. Psalm 101 is a great place to start and it gives us an outline and starting point to cultivate…

A little over seven years ago in May 2012, I graduated from seminary with my second Master’s Degree. Since that time, I’ve been applying to a variety of pastor positions to no avail. While I’ve had a lot of interviews, none of them have resulted in me receiving a call from a local church.   In the meantime, I’ve served in the local church in a variety of roles since graduating high school almost two decades ago. Presently, I serve as a writer, editor, podcaster, and speaker living in Southern California.  Waiting on God is challenging, frustrating, and painful. See, our flesh and…

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