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San Diego Association holds its first meeting in 15 months

The San Diego Southern Baptist Association held its first in-person meeting in 15 months due to Covid-19 restrictions. Over 140 pastors, church planters, and ministry leaders gathered at Bethel … more

How To Preach To A Difficult Audience

Speaking to a broken heart is like giving nourishment to a starving child. Speaking to a hard heart is like correcting a rebellious teenager. So how do you do it? If you're looking for an easy … more

7 Secrets to Overcoming Discouragement

No matter what’s discouraging you today, know this: You’re not alone. The greatest missionary in the history of the church faced all kinds of discouraging circumstances. In 2 Corinthians, … more

Live One Day at a time

"Do not be anxious about anything." Philippians 4:6 (NIV) Ministry can be full of worry if you let it. Besides carrying the concerns of others on your shoulders, you likely have … more

7 Ways To Do A Bad Word Study

My guess is, you’ve encountered some sort of word study in the last couple of months: a Bible study, a sermon, a commentary, a quip about agape love or a defense of a biblical viewpoint … more

Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network

Join us Tuesday, June 8th from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm for our first live, in-person, masks-optional Pastors and Leaders Coaching Network and FREE Fellowship Lunch in over a year! It will be great to see … more

Crying as a Spiritual Discipline May Change How You See the World

(RNS) Early in seminary, I had a startling realization: I hadn’t cried in years. While this isn’t particularly unusual — sadly, it’s all too normative — it struck me as … more

“Jesus Can Do Nothing. Jesus Is Nothing”: Muslim Vows to Kill Herself on Live Christian Broadcast if Jesus Doesn’t Stop Her

Padina is what you would call your “model Muslim.” The young Iranian woman was born and raised on the Quran—studying and memorizing its scripture every day before school. She … more

Principle of Concentration

"As the time drew near for his return to heaven, he moved steadily onward toward Jerusalem with an iron will.” Luke 9:51 (TLB). We tend to get distracted by trivial things. If Satan … more

How the Church Can Help with Mental Health

I’ve always believed and taught that God uses our pain to help others. I’ve seen that to be true over and over in my life—and in the lives of those in our Saddleback family. Much of … more

Joint effort aims to get Bible in all languages

OKLAHOMA CITY (BP) – Mart Green has a vision that everyone in the world will have the Bible in their own heart language in the next 12 years. Green, founder and CEO of Mardel Christian & … more

Translation app leaves eternal impact

DULUTH, Ga. (BP) – A simple furniture purchase turned into a life-changing experience for two men visiting Pastor James Merritt this past weekend. Merritt, pastor of Cross Pointe Church in … more

Am I doing what I’m called to do?

"I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received.”  Ephesians 4:1 (NIV). You have a calling. We all … more

Saddleback's Kay Warren: Church is 'vital' to combating mental health crisis

As the pandemic has resulted in increased anxiety and depressive disorder among Americans, Saddleback Church co-founder Kay Warren says the Church can play a unique role in caring for those with … more

When Fear Gets in the Way of Your Relationships

Relationships are at the heart of every effective ministry. Whether they are with your spouse, your family, your staff, your church, or your community, you can’t lead well without having good … more

Send Relief, churches reaching out in love on the border

BROWNSVILLE, Texas (BP) – Pastor Olber Roblero lives four miles from the U.S. border with Mexico. He can see the fence from his living room window. Roblero spends his days giving out shoes, … more

Four Ways to Lead With Integrity

You don’t need to read much of the Bible to realize that God cares deeply about his reputation.  For example, the Bible says in Ezekiel 20:44, “Then you’ll know that I … more

Where Are You Finding Your Identity?

More than any other time, I am hearing people say phrases like “I need to find myself again,” or “I feel like I don’t know who I am anymore.” Some are changing ZIP … more

An Inviting Easter Weekend

The two-legged creatures sprinted randomly, torn by the lure of pony rides, a petting zoo, Easter eggs, bounce house and rock wall, trampoline jumps, face-paintings and cotton candy. Which way to … more

How Can I Serve Christ When I Feel So Unworthy?

One of the greatest deceptions Christians fall into is what I call “the perfection trap.” We want to serve the Lord, but we know where we fall short of his standard. We see the public … more
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