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What should I do with the hard, difficult people in my church who appear to hate me?

One of the most significant implications from Hebrews 13:17 (giving account for souls) I learned early in ministry was that I don’t have the right to dislike and refuse to care for someone’s soul that God has entrusted to me.  This is important to realize

Posted in Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls, The Pastor's Soul

What do I love about C.H. Spurgeon’s ministry that is largely overlooked?

Charles Spurgeon is celebrated as one of the most gifted, dedicated, brilliant, and impacting preachers and pastors in history.  This honorable distinction is given by most because of his piercing, articulate, Christ-centered, and Word-driven sermons that were heard and have

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When all else fails, what can I pray during a hospital visit?

When all else fails…pray the gospel.  One morning, I was called by a nurse at a local hospital requesting my immediate presence.  The non-Christian spouse of one of our members was moments away from dying.  I had no idea what

Posted in Hospital Visitation, Oversight of Souls

How does a pastor teach his people to care for the sick through public prayer?

I will admit, praying the never-ending prayer list when the church gathers can turn into a meaningless, painful mantra.  This is not what I am proposing.  I am encouraging you to pick a couple of significant afflictions in your church

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