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In 2 Timothy 3:10ff, Paul describes his mentorship relationship with Timothy, whom he called his “true child in the faith.” Paul didn’t simply teach Timothy, he lived a faith-filled life in his presence. Timothy knew Paul’s hopes, dreams, purpose, fear, faith, failings, steadfastness, and persecution. We must share those things with our children when we can. If we are constantly staring at our smartphone, too preoccupied with the day’s responsibilities, or apathetic to a vibrant relationship with our kids, we will miss chances like this every. single. time. We must look for and seize these moments to show where faith meets reality. As pastors, this is perhaps even more difficult. It is all too easy for us to be available for everyone BUT our family. This moment was more important than any Ministry Action Plan I would have otherwise been pounding out on my laptop.
The Happy Rant podcast is always a good time. In the latest edition, Barnabas shares the Christmas traditions of the Piper household, among other topics.
A proverb is a short, pithy saying that communicates truth. It doesn’t say everything about a topic, but it communicates something important.
The following are some of my my favorite church planting proverbs, along with a short explanation of why I like each one.
I was first diagnosed with chronic pain when I was a teenager. For more than a decade, I’ve woken up in pain and remained in pain.
Only recently have I discovered that I’m not alone in this pain. About 40 percent of Americans suffer from chronic, persistent, and untreatable pain. Imagine this: in a congregation of 200 adults, about 80 of us are currently in pain.
So how can pastors, churches, and ministries better understand and care for their suffering members?
Jared Musgrove on why “I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day” is one of his favorite Christmas songs.