The Pastor’s Pen

The Official Blog of Ted Haggard

We Are Easter People

Easter is the day we celebrate Jesus’ resurrection from the dead, and his resurrection allows us to come alive in him. So on Easter Sunday morning we are celebrating his resurrection and his life in us. Resurrection lets us all begin life anew.

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Why is Good Friday “Good”?

The Garden of Eden was perfect. Why the snake? King David was God’s Chosen. Why the adultery? Jesus healed and helped. Why kill him? This blog explains why we call the day we killed Christ “good.”

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False Expectations

They were right about the fact that Jesus was the Messiah, but their mistaken expectations of him led to such deep disappointment that they wanted him dead by the following Friday evening.  Those who had loved him switched to hating him because he disappointed them. This is the same reason many divorce, leave churches, switch jobs, and blame others. . .

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Why We Have Fewer Billy Grahams and more Shooters

The beauty of a democratic society was on display the last two weeks as we contemplated ideas promoted by Billy Graham in contrast to the actions of Nikolas Cruz, the 19-year-old Florida school shooter. At the core of the differences between men like Billy Graham and...

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Slender Man: The Holy Spirit Can Help You With Him

So we have a choice, we can try to avoid God’s counsel completely, avoid church, God, the Holy Spirit, and good Christian people, and live according to our best guesses, or we can ask the Holy Spirit to become involved in every area of our lives and enable us to grow in God’s goodness.

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Black History Month Prayer Guide

The mission of the Black Prayer Network is to restore hope to blacks worldwide by mobilizing the entire Body of Christ to pray for God’s blessing and against the strongholds that are destroying black families and communities.

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Walls Work

The Bible says a lot about walls. The walls around Jerusalem and Jericho, and the separation points between Abraham and Lot are a few examples. Walls work, whether we like them or not. So the debate need not be whether or not they work, but whether or not we want or need a wall.

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Prayer Guide For America: The Trump Administration

The Trump Administration: Prayer Guide For America I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them.  Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet...

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I’m Grateful to be a Christian

I was 16 years old when Bill Bright led me to the Lord. It was in Dallas, Texas. I had come to a rally with our youth group from Yorktown Baptist Church. Bill walked us through the Four Spiritual Laws and that night the Holy Spirit spoke into my heart saying he wanted...

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Repentance Changes my Desires

Repentance begins with a decision to turn around. Repentance is deliberately turning away from sin and coming to God for redirection. Repentance gives us a new purpose and determination. Repentance is the first step in retraining our lives to be godly. Repentance...

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Repentance Changes the Way I Feel

A repentant life keeps us in touch with him. When I meet with the Lord and he coaxes me to continue growing in him, very often the feelings develop in me that the Bible talks about in the following verses: Psalm 51:17 The sacrifice you desire is a broken spirit. You...

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