PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE


Pastors Need Non-Christian Friends

I have a confession to make. The longer I worked in ministry, the fewer people I led to Christ. Actually, it happened somewhat quickly. I started spending all my time with Christians. BY ANDREW ALESSO At one point I couldn’t identify any real friends that were in my life who didn’t go to church. Preaching was still a fruitful evangelistic activity for me, but I didn’t like who I had become. I...

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God To Legalists: ‘You don’t love me or each other as you did at first’

Sadly, there are evangelical Christian churches that have good doctrine and are passionate about evangelism, but fall into overbearing legalism. This results in a church culture that is rigid, strict, and lacking in grace, patience, and tolerance. The end result is that they become like the Ephesus church in Revelation 2:1-7. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is the last of a two-part series on “Is Your Church Guilty...

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The Book of Acts: The Never-Ending Story

Preaching the kingdom and teaching Jesus Christ is the perpetual purpose and calling of the Church, Calvary Chapel Costa Mesa states in its post about Pastor Brian Brodersen’s message titled, “Book of Acts:The Never-Ending Story.” Taken from Acts 28, Brodersen gives his teaching in the final session of his Acts series. Watch and listen to his message below.He shares that the book of Acts doesn’t have much of an...

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Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?

Throughout history, there have been churches that were licentious and loose, but there have also been churches run rampant with legalism. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE Editor’s Note: This article is part one of two on “Is Your Church Guilty of Legalism?” Part two can be read here. It is true to this day, for legalism isn’t a practice that was restricted only to the confines of the 1st century Phariseeism that...

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Houston, We Have a Problem; The ‘Others’ Are Everywhere

The Others are everywhere. They lurk around every corner, in every mall, and in every restaurant and school. They serve you at theaters, teach your kids, take your money at the bank, and pour your coffee. Can you feel it? BY BOB FABEY Editor’s Note: This article is an excerpt from Bob Fabey’s book NotMyJesus taken from the “Houston, We Have a Problem” chapter with permission. Fabey’s commentary is also...

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Planting a Church In LA (Part 3): Called By God

I believe you have to be called by God to start a church. BY ANDREW ALESSO Editor’s Note: Andrew Alesso, 29, is the pastor of Thrive LA located in the Silver Lake area. The church opened its doors just 9 months ago. Alesso is writing about his experience in an exclusive TogetherLA series, Planting a Church in LA. This article is the third in a series. You can read the first of the series,...

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The Art of Prayer: How Important Are Conversations With God?

Prayer is one of the most important practices of the Christian. It is the means by which a believer communicates with and fosters an active relationship with God. BY STEVE CHA PASTOR’S PERSPECTIVE A life of weak prayer is usually indicative of a life of weak spirituality. This is why prayer must be a strong part of every Christian’s life. For the non-believer, it is essential as well. For it is the...

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Every Man Ministry’s Online Live Stream: Strong D (Part 3)

Join Pastor Kenny Luck for Part Three of “Strong D” this morning 6:45 PT here or on the Every Man Ministries Facebook Page. “Strong “D” is usually a description we use in the area of sports. Championship teams are characterized by high power offenses and strong defenses — strong D,” said Luck, the founder of Every Man Ministries and author of Dangerous Good.“In the spiritual life you have to have a...

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Hell: Eternal, Temporary, or Never?

The doctrine of hell is one of the most indispensable aspects of the gospel. Yet, it has never been a popular topic to discuss, even in the church. BY STEVE CHA It is so unimaginable and frightening that it has caused many people to redefine its meaning, sometimes going so far as to deny its existence altogether. Everyone from atheists to liberal Protestants and cult groups (ex. Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses) have...

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Planting a Church in LA (Part 2): Majority Honestly Doesn’t Know God Loves Them

This September, Thrive LA Church in Silver Lake will celebrate our 1 year-anniversary. BY ANDREW ALESSO Editor’s Note: Andrew Alesso, 29, is the pastor of Thrive LA located in the Silver Lake area. The church opened its doors just 9 months ago. Alesso is writing about his experience in an exclusive TogetherLA series, Planting a Church in LA. This article is the second in a series. You can read the first of the series,...

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