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Get Personal to Preach More Powerfully

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 summarizes the truths presented. There's nothing wrong with that approach, but my tendency too often is to rely on what I know. This past Sunday, my wife sat and …

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8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

The biblical text should be the grand centerpiece of every sermon. But we often take what should be the centerpiece, and move it to the front of what we have to say. In most cases, reading the text should come first in importance, but not first in the order of a message. Whether you're looking back at Plato or Jesus, virtually every culture has had great communicators who realized the power of attention-grabbing hooks. 1. Start with a deep, human need instead of jumping …

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Amazing Examples of Animal Website Mascots

Love animals? Love great design? Love it when great design features greatly-designed animals? You'll love this collection... See the Full Collection …

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Jesus Is the Hand That Steadies Our Plate

I found this clip to be extremely moving. It's a profound illustration of how Jesus gets into our mess... …

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