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A Pastor’s Reflections: Supplication

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If there’s a part of prayer that few Christians need encouragement to include, it’s supplication. One of the privileges of redemption is our adoption, the fact that our union with Christ grants us the status as God’s sons. As Paul writes: “For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Thanksgiving

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One of the common characteristics we find in the apostle Paul’s letters is the number of times he gives thanks to God in prayer. The opening of Paul’s letter to the Ephesians is an example of this: “I do not cease to give thanks for you, remembering you in my…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Forgive Us Our Debts

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The familiar phrase, “forgive us our debts,” is probably known to most Christians because it comes from the Lord’s Prayer. When Christ’s disciples asked him how they should pray, Jesus identified the confession of sin as one of the key elements of prayer (Matt. 6:12). I suspect that most Christians…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: The Narthex of Prayer

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I think one of the weakest areas of the Christian life for many is prayer. We seldom spend significant time in prayer unless we find ourselves in a period of suffering or trial. Under such circumstances we might regularly engage in prayer. But if public prayers are any indication of…
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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: The Good Ole Days

I used to have a regular standing appointment with a widower in my congregation. We’d get together for coffee every Friday morning and we’d chat. I really enjoyed my conversations with this elderly gentleman. He had all sorts of interesting stories to share with me. He told me of how…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Burn the Ships

When Spanish explorer Hernan Cortez reached the new world in 1519 he gave orders to his men to burn their ships. Why would he do such a thing? Legend has it that he gave the order to burn his ships to motivate his men. There would be no turning back—they…
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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: Vacation

One of the most important things you can do as a pastor to prolong your ministry is to take vacations. It may sound odd, but it’s true. As a pastor you need to take time off to recharge your batteries. You many not realize it, but when you count sermon…
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A Pastor’s Reflections: Wait for it!

As a pastor you will be the recipient of thousands of questions throughout the course of your ministry. At first, the thought of this can be quite intimidating: “How can I possibly be ready to answer questions about any theological topic?” I always tell my students, if you think exam…
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