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God is in control

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

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?
day after easter

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

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

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
preaching that lasts

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.
prayer before preaching

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.
how to be a good storyteller

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.
Christmas

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.
speak without using notes

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.
Should a Woman Be Allowed to Preach?

Should a Woman Be Allowed to Preach?

This is an article of clarification, not one for argumentation. I am simply answering a sincere question we occasionally receive: "Should a Woman Be Allowed to Preach?"
joel osteen on hell

A Sermon From Joel Osteen on Hell? Not Likely

Looking to hear a sermon from Pastor Joel Osteen on Hell? Featured on CBS Sunday Morning, Joel Osteen, pastor of Lakewood Church in Houston, TX, told reporter Tracy Smith why he won't preach about hell.
preaching with clarity

This is No Time to Preach in Neutral

I believe clarity counts for a lot in the arena of preaching as well. Every congregation needs to hear a clear word of truth and a clear call to action, both personal and corporate. We need preaching with clarity.
repentance

Words Are Cheap; Repentance is Costly

Tucked away in Matthew’s gospel (and only Matthew’s gospel, 21:28-32) is the short parable regarding repentance.
exhortation

Preaching Is More Than Exhortation

Many preachers today seem to be reasonably adept at exhortation, telling their listeners what they should do, must do, need to do, etc. That is a key element in the preaching task, but exhortation alone isn't enough.
15 Short, Great Tips for Christmas Preaching

15 Short, Great Tips for Christmas Preaching

Peter Mead of BiblicalPreaching.net offers 15 practical suggestions. One or two are sure to fit your needs.
TedTalks for pastors

7 TEDTalks for Pastors That Will Make You a Better Preacher

You may have studied exegesis, theology, and even counseling people in seminary, but what did you learn about body language, the mechanics of speaking, and overcoming stage fright?
5 Different Ways to Prepare a Sermon: Pastors Share Their Secrets

5 Different Ways to Prepare a Sermon: Pastors Share Their Secrets

It’s interesting how many different ways different pastors prepare a sermon. Five different pastors share what a week of sermon prep looks like for them.
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