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3 ways pastors can prepare their people for Easter

Here is an article I wrote recently for Converge:

“I never knew you, depart from me”(Matt. 7:23). Jesus said that. He didn’t mince words. What if he spoke those condemning words to your flock? I can’t think of anything more gut-wrenching as a pastor and father than that. How can we, as leaders, avoid Jesus’ condemnation? Here are three ways to prepare your people for eternity, as well as Easter. Work First, work to inspire and equip evangelism and discipleship in your flock. Jesus said, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20). Jesus loved people. He loved his small band of men, whom he discipled to spread the good news about himself. The good news was that he came to give his life as a ransom for many (Mark 10:45). He was the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world (John 1:29). The context of Jesus’ condemnation was …

Freebie Roundup for February

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Here is a freebie roundup for the month:

The Raggamuffin Gospel by Brennan Manning(Audiobook)1 Samuel For You by Tim Chester (eBook)Delights & Disciplines of Bible Study by Warren Wiersbe(eBook)Truths You Can Trust(eBook
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That Way and No Other: Following God Through Storm and Drought by Amy Carmichael (Giveaway)

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Goodreads is offering That Way and No Other: Following God through Storm and Drought by Amy Charmichael

From the publisher:How do you stay true to God’s call for your life?

Amy Carmichael left everything to become a missionary in India. But then seven-year-old Preena, fleeing sexual slavery, threw herself on the newcomer’s protection. Could Carmichael relinquish a religious vocation to become a “nursemaid”? A picture of Jesus washing his disciples’ feet came to her mind, and “the question answered itself and was not asked again.” Joined by a growing team of Indian women, Carmichael founded Dohnavur, a community of households that has provided family for hundreds of girls who might otherwise have been sold into prostitution.

A modern-day saint, Amy Carmichael has inspired generations of missionaries and activists. The practical wisdom in these selections, taken from her many books, confirms her as a trustworthy spiritual guide for anyone honestly seeking to follow God’s path.

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How To Help Our Brothers and Sister Fight Sin (Galatians 6:1-10) SERMON

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HOW TO HELP OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS FIGHT SIN CONFESSIONHave you ever confessed your sin to another person? I mean, have you ever told that really dark, horrible, no good, very bad, ugly truth about yourself to someone? If you have, it can feel like a weight is off your shoulders, you levitate, a sigh of relief, and deep rest.   HOLDING IT INWhat happens when you hold it in or when you keep it to yourself? If you are a follower of Christ, bottling up what is going on inside can be torture, especially when the Holy Spirit brings conviction. That happened to a Middle Eastern king 3000 years ago. He had an affair with the wife of one of his security guards. She got pregnant. After trying and failing to get his guard to think it was his child, through an elaborate overnight scheme, he had the guard killed. The king clearly was living in sin. He was not following God’s way. He allowed his desires to define and rule him. He misused his position of power for personal gain.  SIN LEADS TO DEATH