Asher Witmer

rediscovering Jesus

7 Powerful Principles for Taking Your Pastor Under what to do when you don’t actually like your leader

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October is pastor’s appreciation month, the time of year everyone lays down their agitated opinions of leadership and pretend to actually like the ones that lead them.

But what if you don’t like your pastor? What if you’d rather take him under and replace him with someone more in line with your ideas of church?

I’ve been blessed with great pastors in my life and as I have gotten to know their hearts I’ve observed several things that really get them down. For those of you not interested in pretending anymore that you actually appreciate your pastor and would rather watch him perish, I have neatly organized my observations about pastor depreciation into seven powerful principles for doing just that.

When Everyone Says It’s Wrong what to do when your decision won't be popular

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Sometimes a man feels in his heart to do something he doesn’t necessarily know whether is of God or his own ambition. And if he actually does it, many will debate whether it was right or wrong.

When a man communes with God he will have passions laid on his heart that feel an awfully lot like personal ambition, but is indeed from God.

And when he feels that prompting, burden, passion—whatever you want to call it—he must do something about it even if it’s not going to be a popular move.

Peacefully Navigating the Turns of Life we are moving back to America

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If we find ourselves with a desire that nothing in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that we were made for another world. – C.S. Lewis

Nobody likes change, yet simply living and breathing requires change. There’s no escaping it. That often leaves us grieving what was, fearing what is to come and uncertain about what to be and do in the meantime.

This is where Teresa and I find ourselves right now.

The Secret to Writing Well write 500 words every day

There’s nothing mystical about writing well. Anyone can do it, and anyone who does it long enough, meaningful enough, and public enough begins to influence others. All you have to do is put one word after the other. That’s it!

Many gifted, eloquent people never write because they fail to discipline themselves at the practice. That’s why I’m introducing a writing challenge. We need more excellent writers. But we won’t get any unless we start practicing.

I challenge you to take a few minutes every day for two weeks straight and write 500 words. That’s it! Five hundred words. Don’t worry about spelling or grammar, just write. If you can do that each day for two weeks, I guarantee you will be a much better writer than you were at first.

Why I Write (and how you can too) introducing a two-week writing challenge

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Not everyone is a writer; but my guess is many of you are, you just don’t know it yet.

Either you’ve never taken the time to try or you don’t know where to start. You see writing as something done by really gifted wordsmiths (or those who enjoyed school). But that’s not what defines whether or not someone becomes a writer. What defines writers from non-writers is that writers are constantly practicing their craft.

That’s why I’m introducing my own writing challenge. If you would like to test the waters of writing, or if you already are a writer and want to take it to the next level, I challenge you to take a few minutes every day for two weeks straight and write five-hundred words.