Journey Of Stones, Easter Weekend — Rolling Stone

So we wind up our Journey Of Stones with an Easter experience called Rolling Stone.No, the band won't sing Satisfaction.It won't even do the Stones' most theologically sophisticated song, Sympathy For Devil (it doesn't mean what the title suggests). Instead, will dig...

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To Me Before Through Me

This coming weekend, as you might expect, I long for God to do something through me.  Through us, actually.I hope and pray that he takes our welcome teams, our music teams, our audio-visual volunteers, and ultimately the words of my sermon and through all of...

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A Sermon Through The Ears Of An Eight Year Old

Last Sunday, a proud father handed me these notes that his eight-year old daughter had taken during the sermon that morning:She caught all the highlights of the message.  And not a few of the asides, the "oh by the ways," the throwaway lines that apparently...

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Journey Of Stones, Week 3 — Crying Stones

Some of us have had pet rocks.But not of us have had talking stones.We'll see what Jesus was talking about in Luke 19:40. And we'll also see that -- as is true of so much else in the bible -- context is everything.  You can't understand this verse unless you know...

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A Sermon Killer

I know a preacher is in trouble whenever he or she says, "Webster's defines ___________ as __________________."  Why is a dictionary reference a sure-fire sermon killer?Because in preaching you should never define a word with more words.You define a word...

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From Occupation to Pre-Occupation

I have lived through seasons of life where Jesus was an occupation.I read the bible only to search for sermon material.  I prayed because that's what preachers are supposed to do.  I served so that others in the church could see me serving. ...

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Dangerous Calling

As you can see by checking the "Books I Like" column to the right, I recently came across Paul David Tripp's Dangerous Calling: Confronting The Unique Challenges Of Pastoral Ministry.I had never heard of either the book or its author before a friend loanded...

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