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In this section, you will find current and beneficial resources to help you as you seek to become a better leader, equipper, pastor, shepherd, preacher, etc. Here you will find practical how-to articles from leading pastors, book reviews, and excerpts from new book releases as well as classics, encouragement from pastors who have gone before, as well as leadership articles to help you lead more effectively


Learning to Read All over Again
by Cory Mansfield

In this fascinating excerpt from John Piper’s new book, Reading the Bible Supernaturally, we learn how Pastor John learned to read, to really read at the age of 22. In this brief excerpt we will be encouraged and challenged to question how we read the Scriptures, and then to dig in again ...


Preaching the Old Testament
by Dr. Brian Fletcher

How often do you preach from the Old Testament? Do you find it easier to stick to the New Testament? The history of redemption doesn't start with the birth of Jesus, it starts in Genesis 1 and continues throughout the Old Testament and all the way to Revelation 22. Here are just a few reasons to enc...


They Have Not Rejected You, They Have Rejected Me
by Tim Challies

God’s people had rejected God’s prophet. For many years, Samuel had served the nation of Israel. Though his sons had proven wayward, he himself had remained faithful. He had served well. He had spoken the words of God to the nation. He had appointed judges to govern them. But still the d...


10 Ideas and 10 Tips for Family Devotions in 2017
by Tim Challies

With a new year dawning, many Christian families will resolve to approach family devotions with greater faithfulness in the year ahead, or perhaps even to begin family devotions for the first time. These are great resolutions! Here are 10 ideas and 10 tips that may help. Ten Ideas for Family Devoti...


3 Steps towards Speaking without Notes
by Paul Michael Vacca

Public speakers who maintain a conversational tone have a better chance of keeping their audience engaged. Constantly looking down at notes hinders the conversational nature of a presentation and causes your audience to lose interest. So how can you prepare and then speak without notes? Below I wil...


New Devotional from Ross Lester – Selah: Devotions from the Psalms
by Cory Mansfield and Ross Lester

“I love the Psalms. I love the rawness, the awe, the beauty, the anger, the vulnerability, the sorrow, the joy, the hope. There is nothing sterile, aloof, cool, safe, or glammed up about them, and that is what makes them useful to real people like you and me, who wrestle with real experiences ...


Weaving Gospel Fluency into Every Sunday Message
by Jeff Vanderstelt

The apostle Paul instructed the church in Ephesus that the means by which we help each other grow up in every way in Christlikeness is by speaking the truth in love (Eph. 4:15). What is the truth? In verse 21, Paul says “the truth is in Jesus.” In other words, if we are going to grow peo...


An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification
by David Powlison

Dear friend, We all love it when life leaps into forward gear and we make all kinds of progress. Problems just seem to fall away. Perhaps in your life you’ve had a season like that, a season when your life seemed to shine and flourish. Maybe it was when you first became a believer or during s...


9 Tools You Need for Your 4th of July Sermon
by Cory Mansfield

Fourth of July weekend is a great time to bring your church together to celebrate freedom. What’s even better, however, is that you have the opportunity to guide your congregation to seeing this holiday through the eyes of faith. There are certainly a great number of directions you can take as...


Marriage as Ballet
by Gary Thomas

Famed Russian-born ballet choreographer George Balanchine once said, “Ballet is woman.” The best male dancers recognize that their role is all about showcasing the female dancer’s beauty, particularly during pas de deux—couples’ dancing. People generally go to the balle...