Meet Me at the Fire!
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Meet Me at the Fire!

Have you stopped to think about how often fire is used or mentioned in the Bible?  A flaming sword blocked the entrance to the Garden of Eden after Adam and Eve sinned. (Genesis 3:24) Fire consumed the sacrificial lamb on the altar once Abraham was told to spare Isaac. (Genesis 22:13) God got Moses’ attention...

Honoring the Moms in Your Life
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Honoring the Moms in Your Life

Ok, guys, this is your official reminder that Sunday is Mother’s Day. I’m sure you’ve gotten all your plans straight to make this Mother’s Day the best your wife or mom has ever experienced, right?   It’s cool to think as Jesus was in his last moments of suffering on the cross, his mother was on...

12 Good Friday Resources
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12 Good Friday Resources

For he will be delivered over to the Gentiles and will be mocked and shamefully treated and spit upon. And after flogging him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise. Luke 18:32-33  For us, He wore the crown of thorns.  For us, He was mocked, beaten, spat on, and stripped. ...

Give the Gift of the Gospel Without Being Pushy
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Give the Gift of the Gospel Without Being Pushy

In the true spirit of giving, Matt Newquist did something pretty cool. He gave away an entire case of our Dad’s Tools for Spiritual Leadership® Let’s Build a Manger!® kits, using social media! What is a Let’s Build a Manger!® kit?  Let’s Build a Manger!® is our way of putting practical and useful spiritual tools in your hands. It’s a hands-on, simple kit...

“Touch Some Grass” and Boost Mental Health: Resources for The Languishing Pastor
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“Touch Some Grass” and Boost Mental Health: Resources for The Languishing Pastor

The COVID numbers are receding, but the challenges are not. There are still stresses on many fronts, and numerous clouds hang over whatever recovery will look like as it evolves. Many questions remain.  Stress, anxiety, and uncertainty co-mingled with changing norms, lost opportunities, or extreme overwork creates the ideal environment for discouragement, despair, and depression.  I’ve talked with a number...

Last Minute Gifts for Spiritual Growth
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Last Minute Gifts for Spiritual Growth

If you’re still looking for a last-minute gift idea, how about making it a gift that will leave a lasting spiritual impression on your family?  Years ago, we started the tradition in our family to open one gift on Christmas Eve that will encourage each of our children in their spiritual growth. We like to choose a Bible, book, magazine, study, or another timely resource. Often, we’ll look for something that Stacy or I can participate in with them, so we...

19 States and Counting!
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19 States and Counting!

California, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Louisiana, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, Wyoming. Folks from 19 states have ordered Let’s Build a Manger!® kits so far this year! We’re excited that many Children and Family Ministry folks are purchasing cases of kits to give to their families....

Keep Christ in Front of this COVID Christmas
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Keep Christ in Front of this COVID Christmas

Minute with Mike / November 2020 Families and church leaders will be looking for new ways to keep Christ in front of Christmas this year. Many traditions and events will be modified. Some will be canceled all together because this will be a Covid Christmas. Will you help others win by pointing them to our...

Purity Resources You Need Right Now
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Purity Resources You Need Right Now

We are in the middle of a public health crisis. You thought I was talking about Covid-19. The reality is that pornography is the National Health Crisis on the rise during the pandemic. According to Proven Men Ministries, the loneliness, fear, and isolation many are experiencing can be a catalyst to engage with pornography. The statistics show that...