Most of you have had or have someone in your life who drains you instead of uplifts you. They always need something from you, but are never willing to help you in your need. You sometimes feel the friendship is one sided. Many times, it’s even a family member, which makes it all the more heartbreaking to discover that person is toxic. Once you make that discovery, what should you do? Here are some practical tips on How Successful People Handle Toxic People. The focus is mainly on toxic people in the work environment, but we found it to be helpful when dealing with toxic people in your personal life as well. Disclaimer: although the article mentions to limit caffeine intake, we think it would be best to refrain altogether.
Category Archives: Lifelong Learning
by Rich DuBose
Source: NAD Ministerial
Every pastor has wondered how to rekindle fervor in the hearts of members who have “fallen away” or stopped attending. Many churches periodically send out letters to those who are on “vacation” from church, reminding them that they are missed, or more bluntly, asking them if they still wish to be members. Many call them “Missing Members.” Some churches have probably found ways to communicate this that are sensitive and caring. But really, what is our goal? Is it to clean up the church books? Or, is to spiritually connect with those who are no longer with us. If they are truly “Missing” we don’t know where they are, so how can we even send them a letter? What about those who are missing “spiritually?” What if you had a letter you could send to all of your members to remind them of their church’s purpose and mission, and to inspire them to be actively involved? Here’s a letter that might help. Read More
One of the more interesting and certainly controversial subjects among creationists regarding the co-existing of man and dinosaurs is the existence of the “Ica Stones.” These are stones purported to have been found in Peruvian tombs and dating back hundreds of years. They have various carvings on them, many with animals like llamas and so on. But there also exist some that have clear representations of dinosaurs, including Stegosaurus, Apatosaurus and even humans riding Pterodactyls! Some clearly are modern forgeries, but are some authentic? This article, admittedly written by promoters of these stones’ genuineness, provide a good history of their discovery and current attempts at analyzing them. Read More from Genesis Park
What is the role of Seventh-day Adventist pastors and congregations in the social issues of the times? How is the church responding to the larger discussion in America? Episode six of the Restore podcast hosted by Javier Diaz of the Florida Conference tackles this hot topic. Guests include Ivan Williams, Tim Nichols, Myron Edmonds, Dustin Hall, and Nelson Fernandez. Click here to access the podcast.
by Andrew McChesney
Source: Adventist Review
The average age of an Adventist believer in the U.S. is around 50, noticeably older than a new estimate by the respected Pew Research Center, and well above the worldwide average of 38. Adventist leaders should be sensitive to the church’s demographic makeup “because our ultimate goal and calling is for a multigenerational gathering at the Second Coming of our Lord,” said Tracy Wood, NAD associate director of young adult ministries. MORE
We live in a world of distractions. It can be very difficult to connect with people on a personal level rather than through Facebook or Twitter. We visit friends and end up checking our phones every time it pings from an email or a text. We’re not present anymore, but we want to be. We want to put our phones down and have meaningful conversation with those around us. How can we be content with living in the present and not for the future or reminiscing over the past or distracting ourselves through a virtual world? Here are some great insights from Jennifer Rothschild in her article How to Be Present Where You Are.
I love singing. I love hearing the congregation when they all know and love the song and you can feel God’s Spirit through their voices joining together as one. However, as a member of a praise team, there is one thing that is especially draining; when the only voices singing are those on the stage. It’s a never ending struggle and choosing the right song is so much more difficult than you might think. If you are struggling with this problem in your church, please read this insightful article by Kenny Lamm entitled Nine Reasons People Aren’t Singing in Worship.
by Roger Hernandez
Source: NAD Ministerial
If you are a leader or work with one eventually you’ll disagree, sometimes vehemently. The GC session provided such a scenario. After the session I heard different responses to the decisions, (one of them got a bit more attention than the others). The responses were as varied as an international food fair in a local church. After reading them I questioned whether people were watching the same event!
Here are some of the social media, print and public declarations:
This was the best GC ever!
This was the worst GC ever!
God’s will was done.
God’s will wasn’t done.
Your side is possessed.
The “they said, we said”, was relentless. Continue Reading..
During the Gulf War of 1991 our country witnessed an interesting development. Out of the 100 or so U.S. casualties of Desert Storm, most of the deaths were the result of what is called “Friendly Fire. Friendly fire is when our troops are accidentally fired upon by their own men or allied forces. Imagine that, a war where most of the deaths are not caused by the enemy but our own side! Sadly we are now seeing that same disaster in Gods church where most of the injuries are not caused from persecution on the outside but rather forces within, the only difference is that the friendly fire in the church is not accidental. The devil knows that he can cause the greatest havoc to the church by planting his representatives within the body.
“We have far more to fear from within than without. The hindrances to strength and success are far greater from the church itself than from the world. . . .But how often have the professed advocates of the truth proved the greatest obstacle to its advancement.” 1 Selected Messages pg. 122
We remember in the Bible that Continue Reading…