Category Archives: Antagonists

13 red flags identifying antagonists

The 13 red flags provide training material for equipping Church leaders and members in discerning the presence of antagonistic people. Continue reading

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Don’t waste your ministry on dogs and pigs

“Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and then turn and tear you to pieces” (Matthew 7:6). These are strong and difficult words … Continue reading

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Warning those in the Church

I have the privilege each month of investing in other pastors. The stories they tell me remind me of many things I’ve experienced and learned over 30 years of ministry.

A common theme I hear is how often critics attack pastors and their Churches. I often encourage pastors to warn people about the consequences of standing against God’s work and servants.

Here are some sober words to Church members who are behaving as antagonists: Continue reading

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Don’t let them drag you down

We don’t want to be in the group identified as “grumblers and faultfinders” (Jude 16). Continue reading

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Protecting the unity of the Church

They key to unity in the Church is not the removal of all conflict. This will only be realized in heaven! The key is a reconciling spirit in the hearts of God’s people. Continue reading

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Should we ignore certain people?

Why do some Churches and their leaders let pharisees set the agenda for their ministries? Continue reading

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Are you a cantankerous Christian?

Whether old or young, ask yourself if you’re known for being cantankerous and irritable or gracious and grateful. Continue reading

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