The Pastor’s Pen

The Official Blog of Ted Haggard

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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Repentance Changes the Way I Think

As I grow in Christ, I am so grateful that the Lord caused a revolution in my viewpoint. I love my life. Gayle and I serve a wonderful church filled with sincere believers; I have a wonderful family that is loving, respectful, and responsible; and Gayle and I are in...

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An Honest Obituary for a Wicked American

Hugh Hefner, gone to his reward at the age of 91 in September, 2017, was a pornographer and chauvinist who got rich on masturbation, consumerism and the exploitation of women, aged into a leering grotesque in a captain’s hat, and died a pack rat in a decaying manse...

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My Thanksgiving Letter to You

My Friends, Today is the day we set aside to express thanks for all that is in our lives. Even when things aren't going so well, there's so much to be thankful for. The power of thankfulness and gratefulness can get us through the snares of success, prosperity, and...

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Rescuing The Dying American Church

We are what we love. If that’s true, the church is off track. We’ve stopped highlighting repentance, humility, holiness, self-sacrifice, and eternal judgment and have replaced these core values with wealth, influence, leadership training, fun, marketing, and lust. The...

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Everything Influences Everything

Several months ago I was teaching a class on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT): Techniques for Retraining Your Brain. One of the core foundations of CBT is the biopsychosocial model, which is a new word that combines our biological, psychological, and social lives....

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Continuing the Reformation in Our Generation

Religious tradition is sometimes more potent than Scripture itself. For that reason, we, as seekers of the truth, are compelled to question any tradition that is not based on Scripture. Around 250 AD, the Roman Emperor demanded that Christians sacrifice to him as a...

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