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Created on Thursday, 17 April 2014 / Community
Tags: Scott Attebery, guests, visitors, church, clean up, communication, facilities, hospitality, message sign, concert posters, facilities and grounds
Growing up, any time guests were coming to visit, we would “clean house” to get ready. The more important the guest, the more we cleaned up. Every church (no matter the size, median age, location or resources) ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 11 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preacher, prepared, sermon, minimum, mistake, timidity, confidence, Dr. Brad Braxton, pulpit, message, Spirit, manuscript
One question that I often hear is, “When is my sermon ready to preach?” This question comes from many types of preachers. Some are those who allow the demands of ministry to overcome their need to preach ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 03 April 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Sherman Haywood Cox II, preaching, Word, orator, prophet, talent, James Earl Jones, Praise God, messages, inspire, push change, patronizing, sin, African-American tradition
In the book Sacred Art: Preaching and Theology in the African-American Tradition, Olin Moyd quotes Peter T. Forsyth, who said, “The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: John Burke, burned out, ministry, Messiah, intentions, Jesus, emotional, physical, spiritual, human limitations, bad choices, emotional state, guilt, human, healing
You can’t fix, change or save another person, but you can try! I almost burned out my first few years of leading others in ministry because I didn’t realize I was trying to be their messiah. I had great ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 13 March 2014 / Youth
Tags: Brandon Early, Simply Youth Ministry, too long, too boring, teaching, communicate, message, trust, parents, short attention span, Jesus, speaking skills, edification, rambling, unconnected
I have been teaching and speaking for a couple decades now, and I am still growing. While I have not figured out how to give a perfect talk week after week, I do have a list of misses to avoid when teaching. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 21 February 2014 / Missions
Tags: Brandon Cox, pastors.com, addictions, pain, helps, ministry, Jesus, broken, recovery, evangelistic tool, sin, messes, desperation, volunteer, healing, redemption
Some churches don’t want a recovery ministry—a ministry that specializes in helping people deal with their addictions and pain—because of the messes they’d have to get involved in. That’s tragic. Most ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 18 February 2014 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preach, sermons, conclusion, Christ, gospel, message, summarize, redemption, emotional intensity, specific response, personal, opportunity, commitment
Some of the greatest preachers in history were great at introducing and delivering sermons but poor at closing them. We preach Christ, and we preach a gospel that calls for commitment, so powerful preaching ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 07 February 2014 / Marketplace
Tags: Joseph Mattera, marketplace, kingdom message, politics, economics, education, family, religion, arts/entertainment, science, misunderstandings, extreme teachings
Almost everywhere I go, believers are attempting to apply the kingdom message to influence the cultural mountains, which are described as the major areas we need to influence in order to transform society: ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 03 February 2014 / Personal Character
Tags: Frank Viola, reputation, pastors, Jesus, Messiah, blasphemer, slanderer, speaking, invitations
Early in my Christian life, I sometimes thought about how many of us Christians would follow Jesus if we lived during His time. I was mainly thinking about the possibility of being killed for our faith, ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 26 December 2013 / Relationships
Tags: Kurt Bubna, marriage, vows, extramarital affair, mess up, sex, Desperate Housewives, Scandal, working meal, friend, flirt, innuendo, joke
It’s late at night and my phone rings. An old friend is on the line, and the first thing I hear is, “I think I’ve ruined everything. I’ve had an affair.” In a culture gone crazy for sex, I guess I shouldn’t ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 04 December 2013 / Vision
Tags: Kim Martinez, Advent, tradition, New Year, Christ, Christmas, anticipation, Israelites, Messiah, thankfulness, unexpected, Jesus, signs, worship
There is a time in the liturgical Christian calendar called “ordinary time”—it is that time between Pentecost and the first Sunday of Advent and the few short weeks between New Year's and Ash Wednesday. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 / Married
Tags: Predicament, Marsha Fisher, Inside Out Ministries, Porn to Purity, computer, authority, secret, sexual sin, destructive message, counselor
Consider this predicament: Your boss, the company CEO, has given you a high-level project. After a few months on the job, you discover that your new responsibilities involve falsifying records. Not ... [ +++ ]
Created on Tuesday, 19 November 2013 / Pastoring
Tags: Colonel Sanders, Joe McKeever, preachers, Bible study, message, humorous lines, Holy Spirit, personal conviction, Haddon Robinson, will, unprepared, voice of the Lord
I had planned my Bible study message for the little interdenominational group that meets each Wednesday in a local restaurant. I knew what “the Lord laid on my heart” and had gone over it earlier ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 18 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Ron Edmondson, sermon, weekly, thoughts, preaching, preparation, topic, message, identify
Great (God) thought. I love it. This will preach. Why did I pick this topic? This message stinks! I wish I had another week. It’s coming together. Now that’ll preach. Let’s do this! I wish I had said it ... [ +++ ]
Created on Monday, 04 November 2013 / Preaching
Tags: limitless life, Brandon Cox, power, preaching, Derwin Gray, child of God, conqueror, redeemed, brokenness, cross, sermon, message
Last Sunday, we wrapped up our teaching in the series Limitless Life, based on the book by Derwin Gray by the same title. The basic idea is that we are all limited by the labels we wear. ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 25 October 2013 / Ethics
Tags: Ron Cantor, Messiah's Mandate, pastor, God's anointed, adultery, prophecy, King David, King Saul, doctrine, Israel, leader, New Testament, Hebrew, service, conflict of interest
“I am God’s anointed. Nothing can touch me!” According to a friend of mine, these were the words that a leader of a congregation used as he responded to a congregant, who sought to challenge him on issues ... [ +++ ]
Created on Thursday, 17 October 2013 / Evangelism
Tags: Hal Seed, outside the box, unsaved, unchurched, pastor, Craig Groeschel, comedian, church service, empowerment, preaching, grace, biblical message, invitation, laughter, risk
I’m sure I’m not the only pastor who’s been rocked by Craig Groeschel’s famous statement that, “If you want to reach people you’re not currently reaching you’re going to have to do things you’re not currently ... [ +++ ]
Created on Friday, 23 August 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Greg Atkinson, preaching, plan, pastors, message, sermon, worship leader, 9/11, synergy, bi-vocational, volunteer, retreat, series
Everywhere I go, I hear that song playing. It’s on TV, radio, at ball games, in convenient stores—all over. It’s gotten stuck in my head. So I started thinking on the title and reflecting on past experiences ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 21 August 2013 / Youth
Tags: Sean Dunn, Groundwire, beauty, mess, choices, promises, substances, relationships, authority, parents, exterior, interior, pain, anger, hostility
Alisha’s life was a mess. Her family was dysfunctional and broken. Her past was littered with poor choices, shattered promises, substances and illicit relationships. She hated her parents, despised authority ... [ +++ ]
Created on Wednesday, 03 July 2013 / Preaching
Tags: Rick Warren, preaching, response, Christians, Bible, James, God's Word, sermon, prepared, verdict, commitment, message, challenge, mind, heart, will
The Bible is clear that Christians must be “doers of the Word and not hearers only,” (James 1:22) so it’s clear that our responsibility as pastors and preachers of the Word is to challenge people to do ... [ +++ ]
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