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A Pastor's Heart

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Have You Been In A Good Fight Lately?

Posted on October 24, 2017 at 11:25 AM Comments comments (0)

As the Apostle Paul comes towards the end of his life, he writes these following words to his closest friend and disciple Timothy in 2 Timothy 4:6-8

"For I am already being poured out as a drink offering, and the time for my departure is close. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. There is reserved for me in the future the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me, but to all those ...

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What is VBS?

Posted on October 10, 2017 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Greetings,

As United Baptist Church approaches this year's VBS, I have decided to spend this week's blog answering some questions that have come in over the past few weeks about this vital and important ministry and to share with you how VBS could be one of the most valuable ministry tools for you to use next weekend.

VBS is the abreviation for Vacation Bible School.  This ministry, while typically done during the summer, is a ministry that seeks to share the Gospel with peop...

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Culturally Comfortable or Culturally Challenging

Posted on September 27, 2017 at 7:40 PM Comments comments (0)

Churches ultimately create their own sense of culture.  While there is nothing immediately wrong with the culture that emerges within a local church, there are times where our culture can become sacred to us and even an idol of worship.  As a church we are called to be culturally challenging to the world around us, but many times we settle into a culture that is comfortable for us to exist within.  This mindset is littered with obstacles that can and often do limit our ability ...

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Controlling or Enabling

Posted on September 20, 2017 at 5:40 PM Comments comments (0)

On Wednesdays I teach a course for our Contextualized Leadership Development Program through Gateway Seminary.  This semester the course I am teaching is a walk through Acts and 1 Corinthians.  As we worked our way through the Samaritan Pentecost of Acts 8, I was confronted by the notes for our class.

The primary notes for our class are developed by our Center Director Dr. Fred Creason and in many ways Fred sees application for present ministry in places where I see theologica...

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Pray Like You Know the God That Can Shake the Earth

Posted on September 12, 2017 at 3:25 PM Comments comments (0)

I read this this morning as I sat holding the baby before the sun rose up.  I thought of how I often think of prayer and how so often I think I forget just who I am talking too.  I hope that this encourages and shakes you as it did me.

You can get the original posting of this blog at jdgreear.com

Pray Like You Know the God That Can Shake the Earth – Summit Life with J.D. Greear

September 12th, 2017

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Getting Out What You Are Putting In: Investing in the Bible with Your Family

Posted on April 20, 2017 at 12:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Too often we outsource the education of our families.  We allow the Television, tablets, schools, and churches to take the lead in developing the minds and actions of our spouses and our children.  While there is nothing wrong with using these as tools in education, if they are a leader and not a partner something is wrong.

Each of us must take responsibility for educating the members of our household.  We must make firm and consistent efforts to develop and cultivate the...

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Getting Out What You Are Putting In: Investing in Prayer for Your Children

Posted on January 9, 2017 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

In our previous post, we began discussing the need to invest in our family and then we provided solutions to investing in prayer for our spouse. If a spouse is all that you have in your family, then I would encourage you to reread that post and double down on your investments. However, if you are like me then you have a collection of younger people in your family called children that are also in need of a prayer investment.

So how are we to pray for our children? Are there an...

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Getting Out What You Are Putting In Part 01: Investing in Prayer for Your Spouse

Posted on January 2, 2017 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

“This year I am going to spend more time with my family?” I have heard this resolution made over and over again throughout the 15 years I have been in vocational ministry. Why is it that we often wish to spend more time with our families? Could it be that we recognize that there is only a limited amount of time that we will have with our children in our homes? Perhaps we realize that we only have a certain number of days with our spouse before the end of life will take us? Wh...

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The Great Gifts of Christmas Part 04

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 6:00 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gift of Forgiveness

As we conclude the Christmas season and head towards the new year, I want to invite you to give one final gift. Many of us take time at the start of the year to take inventory of our lives. We think of those we have lost, what we have accomplished, and what the future may hold. During this time I want to encourage you to give the gift of forgiveness.

Everyone has suffered hurt and harm through ...

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The Great Gifts of Christmas Part 03

Posted on December 8, 2016 at 4:55 PM Comments comments (0)

The Gift of Jesus

The celebration of Christmas is centered in God’s gift to humanity, the Lord Jesus. While I know that Jesus wasn’t likely born in December and that they are a great deal of other traditions that have been blended together over the years to produce this festive season, let us keep the main thing the main thing. God gave Jesus to humanity so that he would save his people from their sins.

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