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Lessons from the Junk Yard

While rebuilding this pickup I had the opportunity to visit junk yards. Not only did I eventually find all the parts, I made some valuable observations along the way...

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"Yes, I Sometimes Doubt..."

The great reformer, Martin Luther, was a man of towering conviction. But he also knew moments when faith seemed to have faded to a degree that there seemed nothing left.

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In Time of Worry and Sorrow

Paul, the apostle wrote: “Weep with those who weep.” We may assume that he did what he wrote. Look at that short sentence again. It's more than advice. Paul extends a challenge to us.

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Ministry to the Addicted

As an elder, you cannot be expected to be an expert in this complex area of drug use. But chances are considerable that there are some addicted people in your district.

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Children of Uncertainty

We thank God for whatever prosperity we may have. Compared to the Christians of Rome, we are rich people. But we all realize that it may not stay that way. Times of want may lie ahead.

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Ministry to Single Parents

It is probably true that we, as denomination, are overwhelmingly family-oriented. The question may be asked: are singles sufficiently recognized and do they share realistically in pastoral care?

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When Churches Need to Make Changes

Change requires careful observation and preparation. Once you agreed on a certain program that necessitates the change, have you consistently backed the members who have been put in charge of it?

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“Others”

Everyone knows what it means to be “the other”. Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, had that in mind. “Each of you should look not only to his own interest, but also to the interest of others.”

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The Attention Givers

There are many people who have no one. Therefore, we need Attention Givers that dare ask the difficult questions and speak words of encouragement.

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Changing Seasons

My church is embarking on a journey of pastoral transition. Transitions are hard. My greatest dream for this process is that we take every opportunity to model grace and patience.

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The Care Center: The Work of God

For many people, the last three places they would want to be is a funeral, a hospital or a hospice care center. I think these are the best places you could go if you want to grow in faith.

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When Johnny Comes Marching Home

Veterans from America’s longest war have joined the veterans of earlier wars in our communities and churches. Their perspective has been shaped by their experience. Like everyone else, they have spiritual gifts. They also have needs...

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