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Prayer:

The key to church growth

God’s longing for His church

“But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all the truth” (John 16:13a, NIV).

Emotional intelligence for effective ministry

Awareness of our emotions vitally impacts mental health and ministry effectiveness.

​“Come out, in Jesus’ name!”

Does demon possession mean that a demon owns a person?

God of the open door

A beloved leader calls us to view a dispiriting streak of closed doors to the church as a providential stream of open doors to the community.

If we ever needed the church before . . .

A youth leader calls the church to embrace our message, empower our youth, and evangelize our world.

Who is God?

What the Bible says about the Trinity

The inseparable duo: The Holy Spirit and preaching

“Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate” (Matt. 19:6b, NIV).

Keeping our sense of the call

Knowing that God has called you replaces doubt and despair with healing and hope.

Get some roots!

A veteran evangelist appeals to us not only to delight in the parables of Scripture but also to discover the prophecies.

Working together for good

An editor urges us to cling to the promise that, especially in times of crisis, God is working on our behalf.

The pew talks back to the pulpit:

Thoughts on the church service

“Your face, Lord, I will seek”

Toward the theology of the face of God

Narrative preaching: Engaging young listeners

“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech” (1 Tim. 4:12a, ESV).

How children experience grief

Jesus was concerned that we do not cause children to suffer. Take time to listen to their joys—and their pain.

Dealing with the demonic

Our calling is not to pursue demons; it is to resist them. But how?

ENOUGH

Do you live with a mindset of scarcity or abundance?

Over half of our flocks are dropouts

“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost” (Luke 19:10, NIV).

Emotional hurt lurking in the pew

Authentic church growth necessitates vigilance regarding the emotional health of your congregation.

Prepared and protected

Learn how to be alert to the devil’s persuasions in the last days.

The power of “we”—pastoral ministry in a corporate world

A caring chaplain reveals how the strength of team ministry can reach even the corporate world.

When ministry becomes overwhelming

A therapist reflects on the landmines of pastoral ministry, and how he emerged—barely.

The doorknob of heaven:

A fresh look at money and spirituality

12 principles of evangelistic preaching

“Preach the word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage—with great patience and careful instruction” (2 Tim. 4:2, NIV).

Deliverance ministry—A biblical imperative

With Scripture as your guide, develop a sensitivity to spiritual warfare.

Amazing Jesus in turbulent times

A renowned theologian points us to the One who has been our help in ages past, and will be our hope for years to come.

Showing the love of Jesus:

How God works through ability diversity

Dual allegiance:

A reflection on venerating ancestral spirits

How can you help someone wrestling between their ingrained traditions and their new life in Jesus?

A new normal?

A prominent pastor warns that, when it comes to technology, preparation is profitable and procrastination is perilous.

Our high calling:

Teaching, preaching, and healing in the Gospel of Mark

Sexualized narratives in preaching:

Insights for personal and professional growth

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