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RESOURCES FOR PASTORS & LEADERS

Twenty Things You Must Never Forget . . .

. . . About Yourself, Others, and God’s Work Our greatest problem is pride. It always has been, it always will be, and it is found in every man. A man who thinks he has overcome it, is simply manifesting his pride. One of the main reasons Paul wrote his first letter...

Run!

“What is happening?” someone said to me yesterday. “I can’t believe all the pastors and ministry leaders who are falling morally. It seems that it’s increasing exponentially.” But sadly, it makes perfect sense. With the increasing access to moral impurity permeating...

Seeking Him

When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.” Do not hide your face from me (Psalm 27:8-9 NASB). If we are to know God deeply, we must humbly realize that He is the initiator of intimacy. It is not man that first pursues, but...

Why Pastors Are Discouraged, and What to Do About It

As President of Life Action, I spend much of my time with pastors—listening, encouraging, seeking to be a friend. And I have never seen a time like this in my thirty-eight years in ministry. Pastors are discouraged today at a level that is dangerous to the body of...

A Matter of the Heart

When Solomon was old, his wives turned his heart away after other gods; and his heart was not wholly devoted to the LORD his God, as the heart of David his father had been (1 Kings 11:4 NASB). He was the wisest man in the world, made so by God. How could this happen?...

The Subtle Balance in Leadership

All the people were quarreling throughout all the tribes of Israel.... Thus [David] turned the hearts of all the men of Judah as one man (2 Samuel 19:9, 14 NASB). There is a price to leadership. Leaders cannot just do “whatever they want,” because others are...

I Am the Problem

In my first year as president of Life Action, I have been blessed beyond measure by the humility of the servants who give their lives to this ministry. I often say these days that if the culture of Life Action could somehow be transplanted into every local church, we...

The Courage of Faith

Then it happened when the Philistine rose and came and drew near to meet David, that David ran quickly toward the battle line to meet the Philistine (1 Samuel 17:48 NASB). David is a stunning example of true faith. While the rest of Israel’s army was cowering at the...

Self-Awareness

Who are you? This is one of the most important questions in the world. For most, I don’t think it can be settled early. It often takes years to become genuinely self-aware, to know who you really are. John the Baptist knew. When asked by others, “Who are you?” and...

The Snare of Spiritual Success

God led the Israelites to a great victory through a man named Gideon. It was done in such a way, by God’s direction, that no man could take the credit. Only God could be worshiped as He led Gideon to pare down his army from 33,000 men to 300 and win a victory against...