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“I Feel” Versus “I Know”

Feeling and Knowing

Right now, I feel tired. I also feel that I'm spinning my wheels and not getting anywhere, and that I'm failing to meet the expectations of others. I feel bogged down in things that need doing, and I feel inadequate to the tasks that loom largest in my life - be a great husband, a great Dad, and a great …

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Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

Me and My Father-in-law at My First Church

When I was in Bible college, I was taught the same basic sermon preparation methods that thousands of other preachers have learned. It's a linear outline that usually begins with a major proposition, continues with several major points, each supported with explanatory illustrations and then a conclusion that …

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Think “Warm” As You Plan Your Church’s Christmas Calendar

Have a Warm Christmas

I've never really considered this before, but Gary Molander makes a pretty deep point about where our audience is when we go into the holiday season. As we design communication pieces, craft messages, and plan services, it's a good idea to think about the perspective from which our audience is listening - not …

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Darren Rowse on 7 Emotions that Trigger Reader Action

As bloggers, many of us are interested in getting our readers active in different ways (commenting, linking to our posts, sharing them on Twitter, buying our products, and so on), so writing in a way that connects with readers’ emotions is something we might want to think about. Of course this is open to abuse …

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Why?… Sounds A Lot Like Waaa!

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My wife, Angie, and I have been riding an emotional roller coaster lately when it comes to the particular issue of having more children. Her and I have both spoken and written about this before. Infertility (for us, it's secondary infertility - we have one) produces this up and down. Every month is another …

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