Pastoral Development

YOUR PLAN B IS STILL GOD’S PLAN

christianitytoday.com/women/2019/january/church-planting-your-plan-b-is-still-gods-plan.html  By: Sandra Peoples In 2015, my husband and I moved from rural Pennsylvania and left a church we loved to do something risky—plant a new church in suburban Texas. Our vision for the church was to welcome people with disabilities. We see special-needs families as an unreached people group, since so many don’t attend […]

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THE MAGNIFICAT

By Frank Tunstall The Holy Spirit overshadowed the Virgin Mary in the miraculous and sinless conception of Baby Jesus, with God as His Father (Luke 1:35). The angel Gabriel shared with Mary that her baby would be the Son of God. When the angel Gabriel made the announcement to Mary, she sought more information, giving […]

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A CAROL FOR THE DESPAIRING

www.christianitytoday.com/ct/2018/december/longfellow-carol-for-despairing-i-heard-bells.html Penned during the Civil War, Longfellow’s ‘I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day’ is a carol for our age. By: KRISTEN O’NEAL The word apocalypse in the Greek means “uncovering,” and 2018 has been a year of uncoverings, of pulling back the curtain to reveal the worst things that people can do to one […]

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?? A DIGITAL CHURCH IN THE DIGITAL AGE ??

 https://www.christianitytoday.com/pastors/2018/fall-state-of-church-ministry/embodied-church-in-digital-age.html Should we cheer or moan when online churches perform virtual baptisms? By: Kara Bettis Virtual Reality Church’s first baptism took place in a 3D house with an underground pool and a massive billboard overhead proclaiming “A Special Baptism and Communion service.” Alina Delp, 46—portrayed as a purple, robot-like avatar—stood submerged in the water while […]

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“YOU HAVE LIED TO GOD” – (Acts 4:32 – 5:11)

By: Frank Tunstall, D. Min. “All the believers were one in heart and mind,” recorded Dr. Luke (Luke 4:32). The lame man at the gate called Beautiful had been healed the day before. Shortly after the miracle, Peter and John had been arrested by the temple police and held overnight. The next morning at their […]

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HOLY SPIRIT BIRTHS NEW KIND OF CHURCH IN GAINESVILLE, TEXAS

  By: Frank Tunstall Pastor Phil Larson has emerged as the Holy Spirit’s point man in Gainesville, Texas. He went to Gainesville four years ago unknown and unannounced. His first agenda was to start building relationships in the Chamber of Commerce with community leaders, including the county attorney, the district attorney, and the ministerial alliance. […]

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JACKIE HILL PERRY: I LOVED MY GIRLFRIEND—BUT GOD LOVED ME MORE

ChristianityToday.com/ct/2018/september/jackie-hill-perry-gay-girl-good-god.html       BY: Jackie Hill Perry How an epiphany about the wages of my sin opened the door for His cleansing light. I loved my girlfriend too much not to be appalled at the prospect of laying aside not only the way I loved but also who I loved. To do what I assumed God […]

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WIFE OF BELOVED PASTOR WHO COMMITTED SUICIDE SPEAKS OUT

Two articles are included in this blog that every pastor and Chrisian worker would be blessed to read. The first is about a pastor who suffered from depression and took his life. The second is a well written article about a young lesbian woman who found forgiveness and freedom in Jesus Christ. The day come could when having read and pondered each of  them will […]

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REACHING THE HOPELESS AT GAINESVILLE HOPE CONNECTION

    Phil Larson is not trying to reach transfer members to Hope Connection Church in Gainesville, Texas. He looks for the down-and-out, people who have given up on the future. Phil takes them in – the local judge and district attorney send most of them to him. Phil teaches them about life and living, and some of them […]

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