Category Archives: Conflict

Four dimensions of peace

How should we understand peace? Continue reading

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Four servants of God who battled fierce despair

Four servants of God. Each one reached an extremely low point in life. All of them felt that life was no longer worth living. Continue reading

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Instruments of sorrow


Are you willing to be an instrument of godly sorrow? Continue reading

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When you feel like getting revenge

Seven responses when you feel like getting revenge.  Continue reading

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Three approaches to communication and leadership

Sometimes we’re not seeing the results we desire in relationships because we fail to recognize that different situations call for different approaches to communication and leadership. Continue reading

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A closer look at accountability

What is accountability and how should we practice it in the local church? Is everyone accountable in the same way? Continue reading

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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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Why do I feel so torn?

If you are a teacher in the Church or one who influences other followers of Christ, please make sure they understand the painful reality of the tension they will experience and how torn they will feel because of God’s Spirit living in them. The Christian life is one of tension between the already and the not yet. Continue reading

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Four essentials to a thriving Church

I commit myself to God and to the fellow-members of my local Church to do the following: Continue reading

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When critics attack

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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