Preparing great sermons requires time, energy, creativity and perseverance. A pastor must be authentic and sensitive to the needs of his congregation.
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
Jesus' parable of the soils challenges us to allow God's Word to penetrate our life, to count the cost of following Christ and to take steps to move forward on our spiritual journey. The trampled path represents the hard heart, the rocky soil represents the impulsive heart, the weedy soil represents the distracted heart and the fertile soil represents the receptive heart.
Speaker: Jeff Jones
Scripture: Mark 4:1-20
Topic: Process of Spiritual Growth
What’s a good definition of codependency? In the broadest sense it’s an addiction to people, places, or things. Codependency used to mean that one person was dependent on something like alcohol and the other person simply needed them to be dependent on alcohol, so the second person was codependent. Now it simply means to be dependent, and sometimes dependent on another...
Author: Chet Weld
Sine cera was a term in ancient Israel that guaranteed a clay pot was "without wax." Wax was used by salesmen to cover imperfections that occured during the firing. The retailer was passing off a defective product by deceiving the buyer. When we pretend to live a life "without wax," we are demonstrating "insincerity." Integrity means completeness, no duality in what you...
Author: Brad Tuttle
Topic: Church and Culture, Evangelism, Discipleship
Christmas is one of those holidays that is often misunderstood. Perhaps it's because of the way that we have trivialized what the holiday represents. We hang stockings, decorate trees, arrange manger scenes, and give gifts. Of course no one is fooled, it's the gift giving and receiving that has become the real focus of Christmas. We love to get stuff. And we get joy,...
Author: Tom Terry
Topic: Preaching & Teaching, Church and Culture, Family
Pirates have been on my mind recently. Seriously. Two weeks ago I learned that there really is a day called “National Talk Like a Pirate Day” (it be September 19, matey, in case you be settin’ your 2009 calendar and want t’make sure ye don’t miss it!). That brought to mind a family trip to Lake Winnipesaukee, NH a few summers back where we played a round of miniature golf...
Author: John Beeson
Topic: Church and Culture
Breath is crucial to our existence. When it is present, it comes with hope, opportunity, and potential. When that breath is the very breath of God, something even greater happens. With a look at the very breath Jesus Christ took – both before and after the resurrection – we discover the key to more than existence. We will realize the power of life. Have you ever had bad...
Author: Ed Young Jr.
Topic: Preaching & Teaching
My parents marched into the classroom and demanded to know why their son got a B. It was tense. This was my first B in high school and it was clear that this was not an acceptable behavior. I learned right then and there that school was about getting A’s above everything else. I had to figure out the system and make sure I never got another B. School was no longer interesting....
Author: Kevin Leman
Dear Roger, I am a Christian and I hate (Is “hate” too strong a word?) the president. I don't trust our political leaders or the news media either. I know, as a Christian, I am to love and forgive. But, come on, when can Christians stand up and stop the madness? Or, are we going to sit idly by and let our freedoms circle down the drain? I want a biblical answer,...
Type: Ask Roger
Author: Roger Barrier