When to Take Burn-the-Ships, No-Turning-Back, Massive Action

When to Take Burn-the-Ships, No-Turning-Back, Massive Action

Some decisions are so radical that there is simply no going back. They’re life-changing, and sometimes world-changing. The problem is, only a relatively few people will ever experience them. Out of twelve spies who scouted out the promised land, only two would...
Free Christmas Sermon Series Download: God With Us

Free Christmas Sermon Series Download: God With Us

What’s in a name? Well, in the name¬†Immanuel, a lot! When Jesus was born on earth, he was God, coming to live among us. This four-part Christmas message series is really just starter material. It includes four brief outlines to jog your thinking. Feel free to...
What to Do When You Bombed Sunday's Sermon

What to Do When You Bombed Sunday's Sermon

Preaching, as a Pastor, is hard. It’s not hard to get up and say something inspirational. It is hard to get up and rightly divide God’s Word, build a bridge from an ancient culture to our own, and then to call people to an appropriate response to...
Whatever You’re Preaching This Sunday, Talk About THIS!

Whatever You’re Preaching This Sunday, Talk About THIS!

Preaching is a sacred task. We who shepherd congregations are entrusted with the assignment of opening God’s very own words to his people, week after week, and translating ancient truth to today’s people. We are to preach so as to build up (edify), to hold...
The Pleasure and Power of Preaching with Sincerity

The Pleasure and Power of Preaching with Sincerity

Paul addressed the issue of sincerity in preaching on several occasions throughout the New Testament. One such instance is 2 Corinthians 2:17, “For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak...
One More Way to Outline a Sermon

One More Way to Outline a Sermon

Adrian Rogers outlined sermons using four phrases: Hey You! (Get the audience’s attention) Look! (Examine the Scriptures) See! (Explain the passage) Do! (Make application) Andy Stanley is famous for one-point preaching, but really breaks his messages into five...
8 Ways to Hook Your Congregation Into Your Message

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...
If I Were Preaching a Christmas Sermon Series

If I Were Preaching a Christmas Sermon Series

Note: Yes! Feel free to use anything you find here. Permission granted! This is a time of year when Jesus still gets a bit more attention than usual, even if some of that attention is seemingly shallow. Instead of arguing over whether department store clerks should...

Real Change: When God Has You In Checkmate

Message Based on The Life of Paul, Acts 9 Change is a tough word. It’s all around us in technology, nature, and culture. Yet I think we fail to understand the most powerful change of all which happens in a human soul that meets and trusts Jesus. Paul had things...

Do Something that Matters

One of my favorite movie lines was uttered by Ben Affleck in Pearl Harbor. His character, Capt. Rafe McCawley, travels to London before Hawaii was attaked so that he could fly with the British Royal Air Force. When he lands, his new commanding officer asks, “Why...

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