Author: Neil Schultz

By God's grace and for His glory, I love and lead my family of 8 into serving our Lord Jesus by helping church leaders and their spouses build healthy, resilient and productive lives, families and ministries. Connect with me! You'll find I'm surprisingly responsive!
Starting 2017 Right with Goal Planning

Starting 2017 Right with Goal Planning

I was setting up a disciple-making appointment with a brother in Christ last night. As I looked at my calendar, I turned to December and suddenly I realized how fast 2016 went! It totally snuck up on me. Starting 2017 right is going to be crucial to my success in serving the Lord, as well as my family’s and His church. Now I’ll ask you…

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Unwelcome at Church: Your First-Time Guests Need Hospitality

Unwelcome at Church: Your First-Time Guests Need Hospitality

People are Lonely. Many of them are #Unwelcome at church

Many people enter religious buildings on Saturday or Sunday morning looking for connection to God and to other people. Scores of them feel unwelcome at church. I put this into the “Isolation and Friendships” category because let’s face it: People in the modern Western world are lonely.

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Signs of Respect

Signs of Respect

Signs of Respect Include How We Speak with Others. 

Unless your boss tells you to call them by their first name, call them “Mr. So and so” or “Mrs. So and so.”

Having been in the military, I would never refer to a full bird Colonel as “hey Jeff” or “sure, Dave!” No, their rank always precedes their LAST NAME: “Yes, Colonel Smith” or “Yes, Ma’am.” Bringing those signs of respect into my home, our children are not on a first name basis with their parents or other adults. They don’t answer adults with “yeah” or “ok.” They say “yes (or no) sir” or “yes (or no) ma’am.” 

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What Happened to the Joy from Your Salvation?

What Happened to the Joy from Your Salvation?

Let’s take a moment to reflect and pray

What Happened to the Joy from Your Salvation? From Psalm 51 let’s hear about how to restore it!

Restore to me the joy from your salvation and sustain in me a willing spirit.”

Will you pray with me?

O God, help us to remember what a privilege it is to be alive and to see today’s problems in the light of your love and eternal salvation, which has appeared in Jesus Christ our Lord. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

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Thank you. And may God’s blessings be with you today.

Republican Platform 2016 and You, Pastor

Republican Platform 2016 and You, Pastor

One Pastor’s Hope for a U.S. GOP Republican Platform 2016

Should Pastors take part in politics? My response is YES!! Let’s look at the 2016 Republican Platform to see if anything resonates with you, whether or not you are Republican. Think about your own platform to influence others. Pretty amazing isn’t it? The pulpit has long been a distributor of influence over any nation’s people. Pastor, let’s wield it now with faith, hope and love; with strength and honor. The American GOP stands for Great Opportunity Party. America has been known for centuries now as the “Land of Opportunity.” Therefore, let’s return to our roots as a standing principle if we are going to “Make America Great Again.” I want to address my opinions on three broad issues in this post today: American Exceptionalism, American Values and Restoring the American Dream.

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Forgiveness Has Benefits?

Forgiveness Has Benefits?

Harnessing the Power of Forgiveness When You Feel Weak

Have you ever been hurt by the actions or words of someone else? Maybe your mother-in-law criticized your parenting skills, your co-worker sabotaged a project or your spouse had an affair. These wounds sting deep and can leave you feeling angry, bitter or even vengeful. Only one weapon has the power to cure both parties: the power of forgiveness.

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Self-Made Man or God-Dependent Man: Forge Your Own Destiny? NO!

Self-Made Man or God-Dependent Man: Forge Your Own Destiny? NO!

How Fred, Ben and Asa will change the way you think about how you lead your family and church

I’ve been a self-made man for multiple decades. As a boy, I watched my amazing father navigate life on his own, and he did a great job, as he was (and still is) a great man. I watched other men who were strong, wealthy, charming, or lived great adventures and I awed at them. I idolized them. I wanted to be like them. Somewhere in my youthful ingenuity, I somehow turned into them. On the one hand, that’s a good thing. On the other hand, it has been the most crippling problem in my life as a husband, dad and pastor.

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