Feel Like An Underachiever? Here Are 5 Truths You Need To Know

At some point in human life, one might question his capabilities and compare himself to others. Some might wonder why other people can easily get what they put their minds to while others can’t achieve their goals despite putting in full effort and…

Is It OK To Ask God For Confirmation? 3 Reasons Before Asking

Westside Christian Fellowship Pastor Shane Idleman warned Christians to be careful on asking God for confirmations to avoid false leading.
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  • Joshua Choon Min Kang

    The Faithful and Wise Worker

    Jesus wants us to be a faithful and wise worker. God entrusts each of us with a precious task. God is glorified through what He has entrusted to us. Jesus said, “I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” (Jn 17:4). Workers work.
  • Thom Rainer

    Five Reasons Church Members Attend Church Less Frequently

    About 20 years ago, a church member was considered active in the church if he or she attended three times a week. Today, a church member is considered active in the church if he or she attends three times a month. Something is wrong with this picture. For 2,000 years, the local church, as messy as i…
  • Joshua Choon Min Kang

    Traveling Opens the Door to Beautiful Encounters

    An encounter with someone is a mystery. Also an encounter is an event of grace. Our lives are enriched through encounters. A new encounter opens up a new world.
  • Thom Rainer

    Eight Major Changes in Churches the Past Ten Years

    What are some of the major changes that have taken place in congregations that are doing relatively well? What are some of the ways these congregations have adapted to new realities? Here is a hint: None of the changes in healthy churches have compromised doctrine, diminished the centrality of preac…
  • Bryan Kim

    The Sweetness of Family

    While visiting Korea, I had a fond reunion with my grandmother, one hundred and three years young, after nearly ten years of not seeing her. I usually visit Korea once or twice a year, but being busily engaged I always had no time to see her. This time I was able to visit her at the hospital for the…
  • Thom Rainer

    Eight Reasons Churches Became Too Busy

    In an earlier post, I talked about how our churches can become more intentional about doing real ministry instead of busy work. But in this article, I address how churches became so busy. Perhaps understanding the origins of dysfunctional busyness will help churches avoid this problem in the future.
  • Joshua Choon Min Kang

    The Secret to People Who Are Able to 'Bounce Back' from Failures

    I have been thinking and learning a lot during my short visit to the motherland. I learned especially a lot through a documentary film about the beautiful life of Missionary Seo-Pyeong Seo (Elisabeth J. Shepping).
  • Thom Rainer

    Seven Habits of Long-Tenured Pastors

    I have been following these long-tenured pastors for years. And I have seen consistently seven patterns, or habits, in their lives.
  • Joshua Choon Min Kang

    The Deep-Rooted Life Cultivated Through Seasons of Wavering

    You must stop for a while when you experience violent wavering in your life. When you are violently wavering, you must follow God’s guidance as if you were following the instructions of the captain on an airplane. Just as you leave everything to the captain on the plane, you must leave everything …
  • Thom Rainer

    Ten Common Sentiments Pastors Wish They Could Express

    I love pastors. I respect pastors. No, they aren’t perfect. Indeed, they often have many struggles and challenges. As I reviewed the thousands of comments I have heard from pastors, I began to see a pattern of silent expressions.
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