Maintaining a vibrant prayer meeting

This article was first published in Adventist World Magazine (April 2007)

It’s an empirical fact that prayer meetings in many Adventist congregations are losing their vibrancy. The total number of attendees has rapidly declined in recent years. Prayer meetings seem to have lost their fervor, and are almost dead. This decline is, of course, the result of many factors. It could result from the mood and style

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Avoiding the preaching temptation of egotism

This article was first published in Ministry Magazine (June 2008), an international journal for pastors of all faith.

One of the most dangerous temptations for a pastor comes from the pulpit itself. You may plan to communicate a biblical message; but somehow you end up being the center of attention in the sermon. Most likely, you did not plan it that way, but the important question is

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Down from the pulpit

This article was first published in Ministry Magazine (June 2008), an international journal for pastors of all faith.

After I had finished preaching, a woman of about 35 approached me and confessed, with tears, that she had been committing sexual sin. After all these years, after all the sermons that she had heard me preach, she continued in this practice. She had felt bad but couldn’t let

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