Pastoral Development

THE CROSS IS OUR STAIRWAY TO HEAVEN

 ChristianityToday.com/ct/2019/November/cross-is-our-stairway-to-heaven.html Our salvation comes not from someone on our level, but from someone infinitely above it. The Cross Is Our Stairway to Heaven By: Jen Wilkin One of the most common evangelistic tools is a simple drawing of two cliffs with a chasm between. On one cliff is a figure representing the sinner, and on […]

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HOW BILLY GRAHAM LEARNED THE ART OF PREACHING

https://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2019/august-web-exclusives/billy-graham-learned-art-of-preaching.html? The late evangelist called himself the “champion rambler.” By: Grant Wacker  When I entered my small Methodist church one Sunday morning a few winters ago, Bob Maddry, a retired truck driver and old chum, walked over. “I lost a dear friend this week,” he said. “Billy Graham brought me to Jesus. He saved my […]

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YOUR PEAK LIFE NOW: HOW TO FACE CAREER DECLINE WITH GRACE AND FAITH

https://www.christianitytoday.com/women/2019/july/retirement-peak-life-now-face-career-decline-grace-faith.html?   By: Michelle Van Loon I visited my hometown about a decade after I graduated high school and stopped at the local greasy spoon joint for a nostalgic junk food meal. I was surprised to see one of the most popular guys in school, star gymnast Tim, behind the counter taking orders. I asked […]

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THE APOSTLES NEVER ‘SHARED’ THE GOSPEL, AND NEITHER SHOULD WE

www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2019/july-august/elliot-clark-evangelism-exiles-sharing-gospel. THIS HAS TO BE ONE OF THE MOST CHALLENGING ARTICLES I’VE READ IN A LONG TIME. IT IS A MUST READ. EVERY PASTOR AND CHURCH CAN BENEFIT. Pastor Frank By: Elliott Clark I first awakened to this reality while doing language study in Central Asia. As I took a course in spiritual terminology, a missionary teacher […]

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BIVOCATIONAL AND COVOCATIONAL MINISTRY

  www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2019/spring/no-easy-calling.html? Three honest stories about its rewards and challenges. BY: LINDA W. PERKINS The Turbulent Calling of Bivocational Ministry Ministry is changing, and so is the profile of those going into it. For many, it is no longer about leaving another life behind; it is about answering God’s call alongside—or even within—the vocation one […]

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PENTECOST SUNDAY IS THIS SUNDAY: “RECEIVING THE HOLY SPIRIT”

  By: Frank G. Tunstall, D. Min. When Jesus wanted to teach about receiving the Holy Spirit, He chose to tell a story about a man who was on a journey and stopped about midnight at his friend’s house. Of course, the traveler was hungry, but the host was out of bread. So, he went […]

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THE BATTLE FOR GAINESVILLE HAS NOT BEEN WON, BUT IN JESUS’ NAME IT HAS BEGUN

  By: Frank G. Tunstall The pastors of fourteen congregations of different faith groups in Cooke County in Northern Texas joined together in Gainesville, Texas on May 2 to participate for the first time ever in the National Day of Prayer. Gainesville is the county seat and the home of Hope Connection IPHC, a Heartland […]

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