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Toxic People

Is there a time for a pastor to cut off communication with toxic people? Read the responses



What Killed Lincoln’s Mother (And Why it Matters to Us)?
Tony Cooke

Lincoln's MotherIn the pioneer days, many people died of milk sickness, but back then, they did not know what caused it. It was later determined that when cows ate a certain plant (known as snakeroot) it did not harm the cow, but the poison in the plant was transmitted to humans who drank the cow’s milk. Lincoln’s mother died because a cow had ingested a plant that brought it no harm, but was deadly to the people who drank its milk. As ministers, we have a sacred responsibility to give God’s people the pure milk of the Word. Unfortunately, some ministers feed on junk—false teaching, erroneous ideas, and deception—and they end up poisoning the people of God. Read this article by Tony Cooke



New Video Resources

Each of these video series goes hand-in-hand with the books by the same title. They are perfect for use as small group curriculum, or for personal study. We’ve placed each of these series in MP4 format on a USB drive, which not only includes the videos themselves, but also contains files with group leader instructions, as well as digital files of posters and other promotional materials that can easily be used to advertise the sessions. Click here to order.



Video Interview with Rick Renner
Discussing the Letters to the Seven Churches of Asia Minor

Rick Renner Interview


The Role of Women in the Ministry
Beth Jones

Stained Glass WindowWhen I felt God’s call to the ministry, I didn’t know what that would mean since I didn’t have much experience with the evangelical world or the “controversy” over women preachers or leaders. I was in for a rude awakening. I quickly learned some familiar phrases that I’d come to dread: “I don’t believe in women preachers; so, how can you teach the Bible?” “Why does your husband let you teach the congregation? Doesn’t the Bible say that women should be quiet in the church?” “You can teach the Bible, but only to other women—not to men—because you are supposed to be submissive and not have any authority over men.” “My friends won’t come to our church because we let women have leadership roles.” “This conference is for the pastors (men)––the wives are going shopping.” Read this excerpt from Beth Jones‘ book


The Principles of Spiritual Growth at Miracle Center
Matthew K. McPheron

Spiritual Growth PrinciplesI was unable to be faithful to the Lord because there was no power to my faith. I lived a life driven by instant gratification, which ultimately led to a heroin and cocaine habit of about $150 - $250 a day. As a result I found myself homeless and living under a bridge for five years. It was not until my relationship with Christ became living that I was able to change, and that took servants of God imparting Zoe life through the power of the Holy Spirit. Read this article by Matthew McPheron



Tony Cooke Quotes

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GIFT
"If you have a talent, use it in every which way possible. Don't hoard it. Don't dole it out like a miser. Spend it lavishly like a millionaire intent on going broke."
- Brendan Francis

HAPPINESS
"I am still determined to be cheerful and happy, in whatever situation I may be; for I have also learned from experience that the greater part of our happiness or misery depends upon our dispositions, and not upon our circumstances."
- Martha Washington

INTEGRITY
"I would rather be right than President."
- Henry Clay (When advised that his abolitionist position would cost him the election)

PREACHING
"An old sermon may be preached with new affections; what we say often we may say again, if we say it affectionately and are ourselves under the power of it."
- Matthew Henry

WORLDLINESS
"A Christian in the world is one thing, and the world in a Christian is quite another thing. A ship in the water is all right, but when the water gets in the ship, it is quite a different thing."
- D.L. Moody