SERVANTHOOD: "Reconciling Love" -Bob Caldwell

Reconciling Love
Pastor Bob looks at components of reconciliation between people and between a person and God

LEADERSHIP: Lessons in Logic #1 "Taking every thought captive" -John J. Parsons

Hebrew for Christians
Clear Thinking - taking every thought captive
Clear Thinking
Many of the problems we experience in our lives, both individually and corporately, result from a lack of clarity in our thinking about what is real, true, and essential. It is rare indeed to find a person who takes the time to think clearly about things. Too often our fast-paced, over-stimulated, jacked-up society simply acts like a pack of Pavlovian dogs responding to the bells and whistles of the postmodern "techno culture" rather than as rational agents created in the image and likeness of God.
It doesn't have to be that way. We can break free of the hypnotic conformity that surrounds us if we are willing to acquire the skill of intelligently listening to the thoughts that are inside our heads - and inside the heads of others in our society. These thoughts, of course, evidence themselves as decisions, which lead to actions, which lead to character formation (inward) and cultural expression (outward).

This section of the site is devoted to the appreciation of clear thinking. With the aid of clear thinking and the impartation of wisdom from God, we can be better equipped to "rightly divide the word of truth" and thereby know the truth, which, as the Master has said, will set us free.

  1. Basic Concepts - understanding the nature of the discussion
  2. Definitions - describing naming, taxonomy, and identity
  3. Propositions - making sense of truth claims
  4. Informal Fallacies - escaping from common errors of thinking
  5. 38 Dishonest Tricks of Argument  
  6. Formal Fallacies - escaping from bad patterns of thinking

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Dave Bruskas » Mission Church Church Leadership Wisdom Calling
How Do You Know If You’re Called to Pastoral Ministry?
Many people imagine being called to pastoral ministry is a mystical sense or experience. But the Bible shows us that being called is more objective and measurable than that. This is the first installment of an 8-part series Preparing to Lead.
The Apostle Paul had a direct encounter with Jesus that defined his call to ministry. As far as we can know from the silence of the Bible, Timothy, his protégé, had a different experience. But it’s important to understand that Paul gives Timothy authoritative direction on how to evaluate a call to pastoral ministry. We can see there are at least three critical dimensions to calling from the Bible’s pastoral epistles.


In the heart of the man being called into pastoral ministry is a desire to serve the church as an overseer. Scripture encourages such an ambition, telling us, “If anyone aspires to the office of overseer, he desires a noble task” (1 Tim. 3:1). If this desire can’t be shaken, then it must be taken seriously.
The Apostle Paul had a direct encounter with Jesus that defined his call to ministry. As far as we can know from the Bible, Timothy had a different experience.
Too often, our conception of a call to ministry takes on a mystical element that the Bible doesn’t require. It is more objective and measurable than that, according to the Scripture. It is a noble desire residing in the heart of a man who loves the church and wants to serve as a leader.


Desire alone doesn’t validate a true ministry calling. Character and competency are just as important. There are qualifications all pastors must meet, according to 1 Timothy 3:1–7 and Titus 1:5–9. A man who believes he is called to pastoral ministry must undergo serious examination by qualified pastors. The man who has been tested and validated in meeting the biblical requirements for the office of pastor, and who has an unwavering compulsion to serve the church, is two-thirds of the way towards being called.
A call to ministry is a noble desire residing in the heart of a man who loves the church and wants to serve as a leader.


The Apostle Paul warned Timothy not to neglect serving according to his gifting and commission: “Do not neglect the gift you have, which was given you by prophecy when the council of elders laid their hands on you” (1 Tim. 4:14). The practice of the laying on of hands is depicted several times in Scripture. A common outcome of this act is that those being touched are deployed for service. Deacons are commissioned to serve by the Apostles in Acts 6. Paul and Barnabas are commissioned for mission in Acts 13.
A man who believes he is called to pastoral ministry must undergo serious examination by qualified pastors.
Likewise, those who are called to ministry are to be both qualified and commissioned. A pastor without a commission is like a man who claims to be a professional football player without a team. He is suspect.


Far too many pastors are leaving ministry today. Jesus has redirected some. Maybe others became discouraged and quit. But I have known some former pastors who now insist that they were never truly called into ministry in the first place. They regret the past. And those they served are worse off in the present. A pastoral calling must be taken very seriously and carefully evaluated—for the sake of the pastor and, more importantly, for the good of the church.

DAILY DEVOTIONS: " What gospel did Peter preach " -David Wilkerson

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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " Where then do You get that living water? " -Oswald Chambers

Where then do You get that living water? —John 4:11
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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " 'Glory to God in the highest, " -A.W.Tozer

Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, 'Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests.' Luke 2:13-14
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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " the joy of learning the Scriptures " - Ray Stedman

Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, I find no pleasure in them. (Ecclesiastes 12:1)
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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " Communion " -Thomas a' Kempis

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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " We make decisions every day, " -Barry Werner

1 Chronicles 12:32

32 from Issachar, men who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command;
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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " Jacob was left alone " -Streams in the Desert

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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " Follow Me " -Charles Stanley

Now as Jesus was walking by the Sea of Galilee, He saw two brothers, Simon who was called Peter, and Andrew his brother, casting a net into the sea ; for they were fishermen. 19 And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers o...See More
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DAILY DEVOTIONS: " Samuel is going to hear the voice of God " -Raul Ries

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