God’s Word is Supernatural

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Dr. James MacDonald Used by Permission September 2015 Editorial note from Brian Larson: On my commute home from work, I used to drive by a big-box, home-improvement store called Handy Andy, but eventually that store went out of business, and it was with delight that I one day realized a church steeple was being added to the structure. The new …

Encouragement

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Dick Innes, © Daily Encounter, http://www.actsweb.org/encounter. Used by Permission. September 2015 The year, 1741, was a very depressing year for him. His latest opera failed. His Italian opera company in London was disbanded. That same year Queen Caroline passed away and the commissions he had received for composing music for royal occasions all but dried up. A stroke experienced several …

Laughter in Sermons

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Ted Cunningham Thrivingpastor.com. Used by Permission August 2015 A national ministry recently asked pastors on Facebook, “Is it okay to use humor in sermons?” Since I love to laugh, my immediate response was, “Of course!” As I read through a few comments, though, my heart sank. Social media has a way of polarizing ministry leaders. The question was framed for …

Fighting Lust with Lust

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Erik Raymond Pastor Emmaus Bible Church Omaha, NE Used by Permission August 2015 A couple of weeks ago I preached a sermon in which I emphasized the deception and danger of lust. I regretted not being able to further develop the topic, specifically how to fight lust. The answer to lust may surprise some, but it is the answer and …

A Small Misunderstanding of Scripture Brings Bad Results

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Brandon Hilgemann Brandon@propreacher.com http://www.propreacher.com Used by Permission August 2015 The pretty pink princess, my four-year-old daughter, was playing on the living room floor. In meticulous fashion, she was placing her dolls in her doll house, each in a different room for the big imaginary party. But then came her little brother. My 11 month-old boy, who we affectionately call “the …

Breaking Point: One Pastor’s Story of Pain, Porn, Addiction, and Redemption

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Darrell Brazell Preaching Now http://www.preaching.com Used by Permission July 2015 [Caution: The following article is rather graphic as it was written by someone who was addicted to porn. If you do not have this problem, or aren’t involved in counseling those who are… you may wish not to read it.  DF] It’s 1:45 p.m. on Tuesday, and I’m logging on …

How to Fire a Friend: Subtracting for Growth

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William Vanderbloemen (From Brian Dodd on Leadership) Used by Permission July 2015 As a church or organization grows, it’s possible that it can outgrow the capacity of some faithful people who were there from the beginning. Growth can expose under-performing people, even if those people love the Lord and have a heart for the ministry. There’s a book that every pastor …