Stepping Stones

Searching for Solid Footing in a Stormy World.

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Avoiding and Overcoming Discouragement and Depression

Guest Post from Jim Baize... Christian ministry has been my life for the last 50+ years. Full time Christian ministry should not be considered a profession– it is a calling. No one should enter the ministry just because they think it might be a good job! A pastor...

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In Appreciation of Mothers

One day a young daughter came up to her Mother saying, "Mom, there are five things I'm going to be when I grow up." "Oh? What are they?" "I'm going to be a doctor, a lawyer, a scientist, an archeologist, and an actress." "Wow, that's quite a list. But what about being...

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STAY – 5 Advantages of Pastor Longevity

Guest Post from Jerry Burton... I was driving into my new town for the first time to assume the pastorate of my first church, and the question went through my mind, “Wonder how long I will be here?” I preached my first sermon as pastor on December 15, 1979. My final...

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Is Church For Christians?

Churches face challenges like never before. Most statistics show a decline in church attendance. Other statistics reveal that churches are closing faster than new churches are starting. If things don't change, the church will disappear. It has always been a truth that...

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The Hope of Easter (Mary Madalene’s Story)

The Easter story doesn’t begin in the light of day. It begins at dawn when it’s still dark … a place far less clear, far more personal. It begins with an individual…Mary. Tradition has always had it that Mary Magdalene was broken by spiritual powers that bound her...

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Steps of Reconciliation

"It all started when somebody stole a pig " The Hatfields and McCoys were two American Appalachian mountaineer families who, with their families and neighbors, engaged in a legendary feud that attracted nationwide attention in the 1880s and ’90s. It lasted for decades...

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How is your Quiet Time?

Start Every Day With A Smile. Yesterday I talked about a morning quiet time. Though some people have their Quiet Time at another time of the day, I think morning is a great time to get your day started with God (Make Time For God). Not only Christians, but many people...

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Help me write my next book – MINISTRY LESSONS

What valuable lesson have you learned about ministry? If you have found this post, it is probably because you were invited or discovered a link seeking help writing my new book, Ministry Lessons. Thanks for your consideration. I have written two books so far. Life...

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Make Time For God

“And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35) Mornings have always been a challenge for me. I am not a morning person. At least, at the beginning of my ministry. I would get out...

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