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What is Salvation

Belief without following Jesus is simply belief…anyone can believe in God intellectually—in fact even those who hate God can believe He exists, Ex. Satan and his demons. There’s a difference in someone saying I believe in God and someone living out their salvation. The Bible is clear that we must believe and we must follow, but in order to follow we must first be saved. Pastor J.D. Greear shares his thoughts on salvation in his devotional on jdgreear.com titled “Four Crucial Elements of Salvation.” He concludes that the four most important things to understand about salvation, “the basis, the instrument,…
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What Does it Mean to Pray in Jesus’ Name?

John 14:13-14: “And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” Some misapply this verse, thinking that “in Jesus’ name” is much like a magic formula. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying with His authority and asking God the Father to act upon our prayers because we come in the name of His Son, Jesus. Praying in Jesus’ name means praying in line with the will of God…
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So Many Church Leaders Struggle With Their Faith. Here’s Where It Starts.

There’s a secret many leaders won’t readily tell you. One of the most difficult aspects of Christian leadership is keeping your relationship with God fresh and alive. I suppose that’s one of the reasons so many pastors burn out (I write about that here) or an underlying reason so many megachurch pastors keep falling (here are more thoughts on the latter). It’s amazing to me that a frequent casualty of Christian leadership is a leader’s personal walk with God. I have had to regularly engage this battle for two decades now. So have so many leaders I’ve talked to. I realize if…
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7 Ways To Beat Discouragement in Leadership

If you talk to most leaders long enough to get a real answer to ‘So how’s it going?” you will quickly discover that a surprising number of leaders are disheartened. Even discouraged. You know what thousands of leaders facing many different situations have in common?  They’re discouraged.  Sure, the problems are specific (and they provide fuel for the subjects I try to address on this blog), but underneath so many of them is a single issue: so many leaders are demoralized and dejected. Add ministry to leadership and it gets even harder. I’ll be the first one to admit that a large part of the battle…
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5 Simple Ways to Assess The Effectiveness of Your Leadership

One of the most difficult aspects of leadership is to know how you’re doing as a leader. Add a little insecurity into the mix, and it makes things even more complex. Naturally, you’ll get feedback from your peers and probably get an occasional 360 review (both great practices). But beyond that, how can you tell how you’re doing as a leader? There’s a way to check that’s much simpler than you might think. By asking yourself five simple questions, you can not only get an accurate gauge of how you’re doing, but also where you need to improve. Why This…
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3 Simple Steps To Get You To Inbox Zero Today (And Why It Will Bring You More Peace Than You Think)

So you just love email, right? Kidding. Of course, you don’t. Few people do. Of all the time-suckers that show up in modern work, email is near the top of most lists.  If you tallied the amount of time you spend on email, it would astound you. Add to that the frustration it causes you (the stress of how many unanswered emails you have, the emails you never seem to get answered, the tough ones you’re dreading etc etc), and it’s no wonder email is a headache for almost all of us. A month ago, I decided to get to…
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