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The last passage of Mark 1 (verses 40-45), records the miracle of Jesus cleansing a leper. It is also recorded in Matthew 8:1-4 and Luke 5:12-15. This story is about the miracle-working and divine authority of Jesus. This leper is a trophy of amazing grace. The priority of this passage it what it teaches us about Jesus, but there is a lesson about prayer in the actions and words of the leper. The way he came to Jesus shows us how to go to God in prayer. Mark 1:40 teaches us five marks of effective prayer:
Despite working in ministry and supposedly around Christians most of the time, pastors and church leaders can face almost constant criticism. I’ll never forget a friend in the ministry saying, “People are broken and broken things cut.” Church leaders are constantly around broken people who will inevitably cut. The critiques can range from the petty and pointless to the hurting and hateful. But church leaders often can’t do anything about the criticism. It will come regardless of how well you lead.
There’s nothing quite like it, though most people can’t understand it. I share my thoughts about it today because I want churches praying more intentionally and regularly for those who are gifted to do it—that is, to preach His Word. When that calling hits you, everything changes:
There is nothing worse than losing a great volunteer. Many people simply disappear when they are struggling rather than reaching out for help. Fortunately, great leaders can notice symptoms and make positive changes that lead to healthy teams. Your volunteer teams may be struggling if…
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Baby Boomers Are Returning to Church
Please, church leaders, don’t take this information lightly. I can’t recall a generation in my lifetime potentially returning to church in such numbers. The opportunities are incredible…READ MORE
Seven Reasons Pastors Burn Out
- The 24/7 mentality.
- Unwillingness to let go.
- No friends.
- Not suited for some tasks.
- No life outside the church.