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 …

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 …

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 …

How to Write a Sermon – Seven Steps to a Memorable Message (Step 7)

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Brandon Hilgemann Brandon@propreacher.com http://www.propreacher.com Used by Permission July 2015 Sermon writing is similar to building a house. There are 7 stages that a sermon needs to go through from start to finish. Let’s recap. The first six steps are: Step 1: Pray – Connect to the Power Source Step 2: Scripture – Lay the Foundation Step 3: Big Idea – Build the …

How to Write a Sermon – Seven Steps to a Memorable Message (Step 5)

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Brandon Hilgemann Brandon@propreacher.com http://www.propreacher.com Used by Permission May 2015 Writing a sermon is much like building a house. There are 7 stages a message must complete before it is finished. Let’s recap, the first four steps are: Step 1: Pray – Connect to the power source. Step 2: Scripture – Lay the foundation. Step 3: Big Idea – Build the frame. Step …

If I Only Had the Time

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Warren Wiersbe Published by permission of the author and taken from his book In Praise of Plodders, published 1991 by Kregel Publications. April 2015 If you find yourself saying in your sermons, “Now, if I had the time…” then beware! A pastor I knew frequently punctuated his sermons with “If I had the time,” and one Sunday a deacon approached …

Ten People You Do Not Want On Your Church Leadership Team

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Brian Dodd BrianDoddOnLeadership.com Used by Permission I work with church leadership teams literally every day of my life. It is absolutely one of the most joyous things I have the privilege of doing. When you get a group of passionate Christ-followers unified around a compelling mission and vision and who also possess the desire, gifts, talents, abilities, and resources to …

Eight Questions to Ask When Preparing Your Sermons

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Rick Warren http://www.pastors.com Used by Permission I believe that the best model to follow in the history of preaching is Jesus. It isn’t John the Baptist, Paul, or any contemporary speaker alive today. Jesus was THE Master Communicator. The Bible says in Matthew 7:28 that “the crowds were amazed at Jesus’ sermons.” Why? Because both the content and the delivery …

How to Write a Sermon – Seven Steps to a Memorable Message (Step 3)

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Brandon Hilgemann Brandon@propreacher.com http://www.propreacher.com Used by Permission Now on to… Step 3: Build the Frame When you are building a house, one of the most exciting days is the day the wooden frame is put up. When my wife and I built our first house, for the first two months all of the work was done at ground level or …