An article about the frequency of Narcissistic Personality Disorder in pastors…

The above helpful article was found on the American Association of Christian Counselors’ website.  Enjoy!

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Comfort for those in Las Vegas who are suffering from recent shooting

I know we are all shaken up from yesterday. Spent some quiet time in the Word with the Lord this morning, and really hoping for more peaceful, quiet times throughout the day. I hope you too can find at least some peaceful, restful time today. This is what He brought to mind. May this comfort and encourage you for today and the days ahead. Stay strong! #VegasStrong God cares!

“The Lord is near to the brokenhearted, and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” Psalm 34:18

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

“The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love.” Psalm 103:8

“The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.” Psalm 34:15

“Casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you.” 1 Peter 5:7

“The Lord is near unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.” Psalm 145:18

“Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be moved.” Psalm 55:22

“For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.” Matthew 18:20

“I had fainted, unless I had believed to see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.” Psalm 27:13

“Do not repay evil for evil or reviling for reviling, but on the contrary, bless, for to this you were called, that you may obtain a blessing.” 1 Peter 3:9

“Though an army encamp against me, my heart shall not fear; Though war arise against me, yet I will be confident.” Psalm 27:3


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The Great Commission

Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
— Matthew 28:18-20 NLT

Our verses today form what has come to be known as the Great Commission, the virtual marching orders for the church. There are three orders: make disciples, baptize them, and teach them.

The reason the disciples are to do these three things is that Jesus has been given all authority in heaven and on earth. Why is this relevant? Because Jesus has been given all authority, it follows that there is nothing that can prevent the church from fulfilling His orders. Jesus is in control “far above any ruler or authority or power or leader or anything else” (Ephesians 1:21). Although the church may yet face opposition to its task, it will not be stopped from fulfilling the commission.

Given Christ’s authority, the disciples are to go forth and make new disciples from all nations. They do this by leading people to faith in Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. In effect, they go forth and make new members of the church, new citizens of the Kingdom of God.

The disciples are also to baptize these new disciples. Baptism is significant because it is a symbol that represents the disciples dying and rising with Christ and having their sins washed away. Baptism signifies the disciple’s having passed from citizenship in the kingdom of darkness to citizenship in the Kingdom of God.

The disciples are also to teach the new disciples to obey all the commands Jesus gave them. In its broadest sense, teaching the commands of Jesus means teaching the whole Bible, because Jesus’ commands presuppose previous biblical revelation and form the foundation of the biblical revelation that was yet to come. It means to teach the new disciples everything they need to know to be effective citizens in the Kingdom of God.

As a member of the church, as a citizen of the Kingdom, you are participating in some way, shape, or form in fulfilling the Great Commission—and Jesus is with you.

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