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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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“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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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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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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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 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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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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"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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How Church Councils are Formed

It would be interesting to see how our churches across the continent select the elders and deacons of their council. Whereas in a by-gone age the procedure was fairly uniform, there is now considerable variety.

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"What if ..."

It has not happened yet. But my mind pictures it, the bad thing that may happen. I experience some of it as if it is already happening.

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Summer Fun

To be a balanced person is to deal with problems and tasks, but also to safeguard happy thoughts, cherish good moments, and have fun.

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Activating the Inactive

Inactive members deprive themselves of spiritual blessings, the more since their contact with the congregation will likely be minimal. And churches need their service. What can churches do about this sad reality?

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The Amazing Phenomenon of People Talking

Have you watched people having an animated conversation? Every event related with gusto leads to reciting similar events. Observations, remarks, assertions, and comments outdo each other and are plowed under by further talking.

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Ministry to the Sorrowing

Ministry to the sorrowing is a worthy part of an elder's calling. But you may well think of it as a difficult task. Here are some thoughts you may consider helpful.

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