7/25/15 “Why Are Churches And Pastors Avoiding The ‘S’ Word?” – Pastor Shane Idleman

July 25th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 7/25/15 “Why Are Churches And Pastors Avoiding The ‘S’ Word?” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Many are aware of 2 Chronicles 7:14, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways…,” but often avoid the last command: “Turn from their wicked ways”.
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5/4/15 “Pastors: Stop Trying To Be Popular – Speak As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman

May 4th, 2015 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 5/4/15 “Pastors: Stop Trying To Be Popular – Speak As A Dying Man To Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

There is a very troubling trend in the evangelical church as a whole. We are in desperate need of genuine leadership—broken, humble people who are not afraid to admit that they need God; men who are more worried about prayer than about status and recognition; men who petition God rather than position themselves. Many men want the recognition, but not the brokenness; the honor, but not the humility. The state of the family today is disheartening as well. Men have largely forsaken their God-given role as spiritual leaders in their homes…that, no one can deny. And I believe that the pulpit is partly to blame.
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10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman

October 30th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 10/30/14 “5 Reasons Why Younger Christians And Pastors Avoid Politics” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

In my opinion, failure to recognize diverse gifts may explain why many people are divided on the issue of religion and politics. For instance, John MacArthur, James Dobson, Chuck Colson, Tony Perkins, Jim Garlow, and D. James Kennedy have/had different ministries, but all fall under the umbrella of Christian service.
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4/12/2014 – “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

April 12th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 4/12/2014 – “7 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

Within weeks, two of my heroes have fallen from grace, and some of my friends in pastoral ministry have taken detours in their destiny as well. Moral failings among leaders are becoming an epidemic. No one is beyond the reach of Satan’s grasp. Although I’m disappointed, my faith is not shaken because only Christ should be placed on a pedestal.
Why do they fall? They fall for the same reason that all Christians fall. Each of us are drawn away by our own evil desires and enticed. When these desires are acted upon, they lead to sin (cf. James 1:14-15). Sin has a life cycle—it either grows or withers depending on whether we feed or starve it. John Owen, the prolific Puritan author wrote, “Be killing sin, or sin will be killing you.”
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4/7/2014 “The Top 4 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman

April 7th, 2014 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 4/7/2014 “The Top 4 Reasons Why Christian Leaders Fall” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

The demands of life often tempt us to seek gratification in alcohol and other things. We must be on high alert. The enemy uses “opportune times” to draw us away from God. (cf. Luke 4:13.) The line is so thin that it is often hard to determine when we cross over. (Read More here: http://westsidechristianfellowship.org/articles/3-24-14-alcohol-liberty-has-limits-pastor-shane-idleman/)
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3/16/2013 – “Pastors: Speak as a Dying Man to Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman

March 13th, 2013 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on 3/16/2013 – “Pastors: Speak as a Dying Man to Dying Men” – Pastor Shane Idleman)

A few years back, I listened in astonishment as some prominent “Christian leaders” talked about replacing “preaching” with “having a conversation.” At first, I thought that they might be confusing individual conversations with how we should speak to the masses, but I was wrong. They felt that we should stop “preaching” from the pulpit and start being more passive and less confrontational. Never mind the fact that Jesus said, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent” (Luke 4:43). But according to many, it’s time to replace the pulpit with a couch and preaching with conversing…
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2

January 8th, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 2)

Over the next few weeks, I will revisit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is number two… In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles.
Last week we concluded with point four:

4. Do you have a critical spirit? This could also translate into a cynical, or negative, attitude. If you do, you’ve already turned a deaf ear; it will be difficult to discern God’s leading.
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Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1

January 1st, 2011 | Posted by admin in Articles - (Comments Off on Points to Consider Before Leaving Your Church – Part 1)

Over the next few weeks, I will re-visit articles that drew the most feedback in 2010. Here is one…
In America today, a significant number of people are switching churches, or leaving altogether. I’ve found that judging “rightly,” as well as unwarranted criticism, both play significant roles. Here are some points to consider:

1. Do the leaders, and the pastors, view the Scriptures as inerrant—the final authority? This is stating the obvious, but it’s worth stating: If a pastor, teacher, preacher, or minister challenges the authority, or authenticity, of the Word of God, they should step away from leadership.
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