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Sermon Video: Dealing with Depression

This past Sunday, I preached the second part of a series called Overwhelmed, and I dove into the subject of defeating depression based on the story of Elijah. It was, perhaps, the most personal message I’ve ever preached in terms of sharing my own struggle. The response has been overwhelming. Jesus finds us at our lowest points of pain over and over, and His grace makes all the difference!

Watch the sermon below…

Video: The Wife and I Make Some Sermon Promo Magic

What better way to teach about how desperately we need grace to make marriage work than to ask my wife to join me for part of the message to talk about how much grace we’ve needed to make our marriage work! So to promote this weekend’s service, we shot a little promo video together. After a couple dozen takes, we gave up, but still managed to make this…

It was fun.

This Coming Weekend: How to Have Hope Every Day

Easter offers us hope for the forgiveness of sin and for eternal life. But there is more! God offers us some huge reasons to have hope every single day! In part two of Why We Hope, coming up this Sunday at Grace Hills, we’ll look at the three big gifts Jesus gives today to help us live with hope every day no matter what:

  • His Word (the Bible)
  • His Spirit (the Holy Spirit)
  • His People (the Church)

We’ll define and discover how to take full advantage of each.

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How to Tell Stories Like Scott Simon

Scott Simon is a journalist with National Public Radio. He’s been telling huge stories for most of his career and he’s an expert when it comes to phraseology and keeping a conversational tone. Whether you’re telling a story in a speech or sermon, or shooting a short video for a Youtube marketing campaign, Scott’s advice will take you a long way.

Here’s the video, then my takeaways…

Can’t view it? Here’s the Youtube Link

Pointers for Telling Stories

These are the phrases I wrote down as I watched Scott’s talk:

  1. Have a point! (Or don’t tell the story.)
  2. Give repeatable, vivid details.
  3. Beginnings are vital. Grab them with the first line!
  4. Use short, breathable segments.
  5. Avoid dependent clauses.
  6. Be conversational. Talk to the individual behind the camera.

What else? What pointers would you give for telling stories well?

Christmas Food Court Flash Mob, Hallelujah Chorus

All I can say is… hallelujah!