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Where Is the Power of God?

In the last sermon Martin Luther preached he identified is that the people were departing from the power of God.

6 Preaching Mistakes You Can Make in the First 5 Minutes

Preaching mistakes -- especially early in your message -- can destroy connection with your listeners.

Preachers: Pay Attention to Pronouns

To pay attention to pronouns will help the reader better understanding the meaning of any given passage.

A Guide to Effective Preaching – Introduction. Explanation. Application.

If you're wondering how to have more effective preaching, consider the sermon writing process that I use and teach: “Introduction. Explanation. Application.”

Pastor, I’m Calling You Out on Your Preaching Topics

Scroll through the last 24 months and make a list of what the world has been talking about. We should have no trouble coming up with preaching topics.

What Is Pentecost?

What is Pentecost? It is both a Jewish holiday and a celebration for Christians. Pentecost has profound spiritual and historical significance.

The Gospel in The Old Testament

We can’t truly appreciate the New Testament without an understanding of the Old Testament.

Five Types of Thinkers Every Pastor Must Know

There are five types of thinkers. Once I know how a guy thinks, I can better challenge him to think through an issue and make a good decision.

God Is in Control: If That’s True, Then What About These Pressing Questions?

I'd like to suggest that there's a world of difference between "Everything happens for a reason" and "God brings reason out of everything that happens." This is how I see the phrase, God is in control.

Sermon Prep: Why Do You Spend so Much Time on It?

Regardless how much time a pastor spends in sermon prep, a common question can be “why.” Why do you spend so much time in sermon prep?

After Easter – 5 Vital Steps for What Comes Next

Is the singing and shouting over? Jesus encountered the disciples on Easter Sunday, but what after Easter: about Monday, or Tuesday, or beyond?

Spiritual Wisdom – 33 Quotes From Great Christians to Help Every Pastor

I've keep a notebook of the wisest sayings I've ever heard from my most trusted teachers. Good pastoring and great preaching comes from collecting -- and using -- the spiritual wisdom of those who have gone before us.

How to Preach the Message of Good Friday

In your Good Friday message, remind your congregation: We want to embrace the resurrection, but Jesus calls us to the Cross, too. Discover these four powerful reflections on the cross

The Church Needs Preaching That Lasts – Not “Particle Board Preaching”

Particle board preaching, like particle board furniture, can be made to look attractive from the outside, is affordable, and convinces us that it will get the job done; but it won't have lasting spiritual benefit for the souls of the people who listen to it. It is not preaching that lasts.

When Preaching Hurts More Than It Helps

In my experience of more than 30 years of preaching the gospel, I have found there are times preaching hurts -- and we do more harm than good with our messages.

One Pastor’s Humble Prayer Before Preaching

In Bob Hostetler's vast pastoral experience he has helped pastors in many aspects of the lives, including this prayer before preaching.

Why Does God Command Violence in the Old Testament?

Is God's personality inconsistent between the Old and New Testaments? N.T. Wright and Jefferson Bethke discuss it.

Become a Better Preacher: 3 Things Any Pastor Can (and Should) Do

This is the best time in history to learn from other preachers. You have free access to just about any preacher you want—every sermon they’ve preached. You can learn, grow, get ideas and be inspired by the best preachers in the world.

The Christmas Story Told From Kids’ Perspective

Despite hearing it over and over again, sometimes the Christmas story can be hard for children to grasp--and pastors to share.

7 Reasons You Should Speak Without Using Notes

I actually prepare notes, but I rarely if ever use them when I speak. So, why should you learn to speak without using notes? Because you can. And because it will make you far more effective.

Gwen Shamblin Lara Accused of Being a Cult Leader in New...

A new docuseries on HBO Max about controversial “Weigh Down Diet” author and Remnant Fellowship church founder Gwen Shamblin Lara aims to expose Lara as a cult leader and her church as abusive.

Beth Moore, Part 1: How Galatians Is ‘Astonishingly Relevant’ to American...

“You name any issue on the table today in the church at large," says Beth Moore, "it's somewhere most likely reflected in [Galatians].”

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