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Yes, Pastors Should Have Friends in the Church – Christian Article

Have you ever been in a room full of people and yet felt alone? Isolation and loneliness are common struggles for even the most extroverted pastors, and they remind us that those called to shepherd God’s flock need ministry too. As a young pastor I was advised to never become close friends with anyone in my congregation. This advice, though intended to protect, only deepened my sense of isolation and despair. I longed for relationships with those I lived alongside…

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9 Ways to Guard Your Personal Relationship with God – Christian Article

Time and Energy Required Like all healthy and satisfying relationships, our relationship with God needs time and energy. But giving time and energy to our relationship with God actually increases free time and energy because it helps us get a better perspective on life and order our priorities better, it reduces the time we spend on image management, and it removes fear and anxiety. Here are some things that have helped me to keep my personal relationship with God personal…

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20 Quotes from the Book Your Pastor Wishes You’d Read – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I (Matt Smethurst) read Christopher Ash’s brilliant new book, The Book Your Pastor Wishes You Would Read (But Is Too Embarrassed to Ask) (The Good Book Company, 2019). If you and I do not care for our pastors, then they will not be able to care for us. (11) We tend to see our pastors at their most polished. I want us to see them, or at least imagine them, as they are. (13)…

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3 Important Questions for the Church about the Lord’s Supper – Christian Article

How Is Christ Present in the Supper? New Testament writers stress that Christ is present at the Supper he has appointed for his people. This is a running characteristic of covenant meals—the presence of God with his people for their blessing. Any understanding of the Supper that reduces it to a bare memorial or a mere exercise of intellectual recollection of the meaning of the cross is inadequate. Of course, the Supper is an ordinance of remembrance, and recipients must…

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20 Quotes on How Your Church Should Exhibit Loving Authority – Christian Article

The following quotes caught my attention as I read Jonathan Leeman’s helpful book The Rule of Love: How the Local Church Should Reflect God’s Love and Authority (Crossway, 2017). Love is not an abstract concept but a personal quality of God. . . . Anything called love that does not have its source in God is not love. (13) Don’t judge a gift by its abuses. (21) In a sense, this book is like a prequel or a prolegomena—a pre-word—to thinking…

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