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by Daniel Darling When I assumed the pastorate of Gages Lake Bible Church, I was twenty-nine years old. I’d served in a senior staff position at a large area church, so I thought I knew leadership. But it wasn’t until I was in the crucible of

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The Holy Spirit. There is “something wonderfully mysterious” about him, says pastor and theologian Sinclair Ferguson. He is the third person of the Trinity, the “self-effacing” member. He works ever in tandem with God’s word — incarnate, spoken, and written. He is one of the Christian’s

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My goal in writing this is to frustrate you . . . I’ll tell you why. After traveling and preaching to churches around the world for almost three decades, there are some questions I’m not afraid to ask anymore. When I look at the church today

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Your ushers can make or break your worship service. The difference between a grumpy, distracted, and untrained usher compared to a cheerful, engaged, and “serve you with a smile” usher is huge! I’ve always loved the usher team; it was one of my favorite ministries to lead. The

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How many times do couples fight per year?  A British insurance survey said 2,455 (that’s 7 per day!). Out of 28 sources of fights, I picked out 10:  1.       Not listening:  112  2.       Overspending and money:  109  3.       Laziness:  105  4.       Driving too fast:  91  5.       Dirty house:  90  6.       Disciplining (or

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by C. J. Rapp I recently spent time with a fellow ministry leader who was clearly in a battle with discouragement. This once vibrant and passionate minister was now in the fight of a lifetime. Weakened by rejection and betrayal and tired of months of fighting,

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