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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Trash Compactor

I can remember as a child that my parents had a trash compactor in the kitchen. To me, it was a neat machine. We could stuff all manner of trash into the can, close the door, hit the button, and then listen to the compactor crush and squeeze the trash…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Dangers of Comfort

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We definitely live in a time when people enjoy many creature comforts. I suppose it’s because I’m quickly aging, but I can remember a time when new cars were not automatically equipped with air conditioning. It was a luxury add-on. In fact, my first car didn’t come with air conditioning…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Defining Success

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We live in an age of celebrity where people become famous for merely being famous—they have little talent or significant skills. They have become adroit at taking selfies and giving people the impression that they’re someone to watch and emulate. Unfortunately the same type of pattern emerges in the church…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Sanctification Hack?

I regularly come upon the phrase, “hack,” and people use it to denote a shortcut or way to bypass unnecessary problems or obstacles. One of my favorite websites, in fact, is dedicated to “life hacks”—articles that show you how to solve many common problems. I suspect that most people look…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Ready to Lose

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This past spring I had my first experience as a parent sitting on the sidelines and cheering for my son as he played organized team soccer. I have to say it was quite the experience. I got very caught up in the games and became as excited or more than…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Going Against the Grain

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When you go to church what do you hope to get out of the sermon? This is a question we should ask ourselves on a regular basis. I think most people rightly want to be edified, encouraged, and comforted. There are plenty of circumstances in life that cause us to…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Don’t Lean the Fridge!

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All too often we dally with sin and wander the streets of temptation. We fail to recognize that sin is powerful and we do best to steer clear of it entirely. The type of example that often comes to mind is young people and sexual temptation. When young people date…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Pray the Directory

I think one of the most underrated things a pastor can do is pray for his congregation. I think pastors, of course, should do all of the regular tasks we might expect: preach, study, counsel, meet with the elders, and perform the regular pastoral administrative responsibilities, which may vary from…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Face in the Mirror

As a pastor I regularly listened to people give all sorts of reasons and excuses for their sinful conduct. As a parent, I have listened to my children blame everyone else for their sin. In one sense, this is nothing new. Blame shifting first appeared in the Garden of Eden…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Reversing the Effects

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The Internet has brought a technological revolution to many different aspects of life. In the pre-internet days if you were watching a TV show and recognized an actor but could not remember what other shows she appeared in, you were simply left in your ignorance. Now, you can whip out…
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