• In the fall of 2013 I spoke at a pastors retreat on the theme of exile. It occurred to me much of the Bible is written about God’s people being in...
    Out of Exile Day One--How Did ...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 05th, 2014

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  • Day Two – The Five Emotions of ExileAs a follow up to Day One, listing the five exiles I’ve walked through, let me give you five words that des...
    Day Two–The Five Emotions of...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 12th, 2014

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  • Pastors aren’t the only ones who end up in exile. Everyone does at some point in his or her life. But I have pastors in mind as I write this 40-da...
    Three—Five Reasons for Endin...
    By Remy Diederich
    June 19th, 2014

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  • I’m amazed at how many ex-pastors are still wandering in the wilderness, wondering what happened to them and having no idea how to get their lives...
    Day Four--Laid Bare
    By Remy Diederich
    June 26th, 2014

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  • You will be glad to know you are not the only one who has experienced exile.Adam and Eve were exiled from the Garden of Eden. We’ve been trying to...
    Day Five--Exile is Everywhere
    By Remy Diederich
    July 10th, 2014

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  • On Day Five I gave a brief overview of the many exile stories in the Bible.  Today I want to look at one story in particular: Abram. Anyone who calle...
    Day Six--I Didn't See This Comi...
    By Remy Diederich
    July 17th, 2014

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  • I left off Day Six talking about Abram. Abram was most likely excited at God’s call to move to Canaan. He was full of hope with visions of changing ...
    Day Seven--Embracing Your Dark...
    By Remy Diederich
    July 24th, 2014

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  • Today is the last day of defining exile. In days to come I’ll look at what we learn in exile and then ultimately, how to return from exile.  Be pat...
    Day Eight–Eight Categories o...
    By Remy Diederich
    July 31st, 2014

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  • I’ve talked about what exile is and described a variety of exiles.  Now I want to look at what sends you into exile in the first place. Of course,...
    Day Nine--Experiencing Loss
    By Remy Diederich
    August 07th, 2014

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  • Anger, fear, and sadness operate like a Band of Brothers. It’s almost impossible to have one without the other. That’s why it’s important you le...
    Day Ten--Denying Your Loss
    By Remy Diederich
    August 14th, 2014

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  • Saul was jealous of David and all his successes, so he pursued him relentlessly for a long period of time. David had his chances to kill Saul and clai...
    Finding Confidence in the Dese...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    August 14th, 2014

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  • We live in a fast-forward world where busyness is equated with importance and success.We think that because someone is busy, that person must be imp...
    Learning to Listen
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    November 26th, 2014

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  • It’s Christmas time again. Seems to come every year about this time. The most wonderful time of the year. There’ll be parties for hosting Marshm...
    How to Make This the Best Chri...
    By Ron Edmondson
    December 08th, 2014

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  • Modern potters make vases using newer technology like automatic thermostats and timers in kilns so a signal lets them know when the vessels are re...
    Taking a Step Back
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    December 31st, 2014

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  • “Whoever watches the wind will not plant; whoever looks at the clouds will not reap.” Ecclesiastes 11:4 Solomon is teaching us a “life essen...
    Taking Hold of Your Future
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    January 07th, 2015

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  • A Bulwark Against the Enemy It was the day of the triumphal entry when Jesus came down off the Mount of Olives. He entered Jerusalem on a donkey. A...
    A Life of Worship
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    January 20th, 2015

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  • People talk. People gossip. People love to share what they hear. That’s true about what they hear from a pastor too. If the pastor talks about his...
    Seven Suggestions for Pastors ...
    By Ron Edmondson
    February 04th, 2015

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  • When maturing in God, there are certain things we can’t expect others to do. One of those things is checking yourself. No, not having someone el...
    Check Yourself
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    February 11th, 2015

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  • Life is all about change. We all experience it, but do we like it? Generally speaking, no! But life is all about change. In fact, we are about change...
    When Seasons Change: Part One
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    March 18th, 2015

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  • Focus on your faith, and not your frustrations. We all want a life of peace but it doesn’t seem like that’s God’s intention. Why? Probably be...
    When Seasons Change: Part Two
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    March 25th, 2015

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  • Where our first reminder is to manage our changes rather than try to manipulate them, and our second reminder is to trust in God and rely on our f...
    When Seasons Change: Part Thre...
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    April 01st, 2015

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  • A while back I passed through the tiny community of Between, Ga. With a population of only 148, the place is not much to write home about. The ...
    Are You Stuck in Perpetual Tra...
    By J. Lee Grady
    April 15th, 2015

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  • When things look really bad, let the so-called “minor” prophets encourage your faith. It’s unfortunate that the last 12 books of the Old Testam...
    God Has a Word for You in Your...
    By J. Lee Grady
    April 29th, 2015

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  • Steve, In your communications with movement leaders would you say there is a common denominator when it comes to the time spent in prayer and the ...
    How Much Time Do You Need to S...
    By Steve Addison
    May 06th, 2015

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  • I love the story of Esther. If you haven’t read it lately, you can do so HERE. Here are the four principles I’ve observed in the story of Esther....
    Lessons Learned from the Book ...
    By Ron Edmondson
    May 20th, 2015

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  • A devotional journal entry by Wayne Cordeiro: Scripture “They were all trying to frighten us, thinking, “Their hands will get too weak for the...
    With the Help of Our God
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 03rd, 2015

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  • I’ve been out and about. Plenty of coffee and lunches with leaders of flagship churches, denominations and movements and some crazies on the fringe...
    Discovering You Are Not God
    By Steve Addison
    June 10th, 2015

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  • I don’t know where you are in your walk with the Lord, what season you’re in, or what happened in your past, but I want to start from right wh...
    Steady for the Long Haul
    By Wayne Cordeiro
    June 17th, 2015

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  • Are you ever stressed? Silly question, right? We can never remove all the issues from our lives that bring us stress. We have to somehow learn to ...
    A Simple Strategy to Have a Le...
    By Ron Edmondson
    June 24th, 2015

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  • If you or someone you love has been hurt in church, take these steps to find total healing. During the 1980s I was part of a vibrant Christian minist...
    When Christian Leaders Disappo...
    By J. Lee Grady
    July 01st, 2015

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  • Driving a moving truck across Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska is the nearest I have come to experiencing eternity in this life. My GPS tried to tell m...
    Why You Should Look Back at Yo...
    By Michael Hidalgo
    July 08th, 2015

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  • Peter Drucker, the late leadership guru, said that the four hardest jobs in America (and not necessarily in order, he added) are:·       The pr...
    The Secret Life of a Pastor
    By Philip Wagner
    July 22nd, 2015

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  • I couldn’t have done it without him. A lot was going on at the time, difficulty in work, rumors circulating, and personal trial, but h...
    Fighting Big Fish
    By Jonathan K. Dodson
    July 22nd, 2015

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  • Recently I was asked about how I protect my Sabbath. That’s a great question, because many pastors struggle in this area. In fact, many pastors I ...
    Seven Ways I Protect My Sabbat...
    By Ron Edmondson
    August 05th, 2015

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  • Almost a decade ago I recruited a mentor. He was more than 20 years older than me, had been widely successful, and was extremely respected in our ...
    Ten Attributes of a Humble Lea...
    By Ron Edmondson
    August 12th, 2015

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  • There is a hero within us that wants to be recognized for making a positive difference in the lives of other people. That’s why when we do somet...
    The Rise and Fall of a Hero
    By Bill Gaultiere
    August 26th, 2015

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