Thrones, Week 3 — “The Joy Throne” Sermon Rewind

With the way my mind and my psyche work, I very rarely have last-minute inspirations. Yet yesterday, while eating breakfast at 5:45 in the morning, I had one.  I realized how we needed to bring the service to a close. Here's the bottom line of the message you'll read...

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Simplify The Message & Magnify The Impact

The last few years at Good Shepherd have been highlighted by a number of Sunday mornings in which we used the sermon time to give plain proclamation of what it means to be saved by grace and then used the response time to give a clear invitation for people to enter...

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How Page Layout Impacts Bible Reading

For years, my favorite bible to read had a page layout something like this: Note:  each verse stands out, separated from what came before it and what comes after it.  For years, I found such a layout to be both easy on my eyes and an aid to bible memory.  After all,...

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Thrones, Week 1 –“The Empty Throne” Sermon Rewind

Below is a sermon that STARTS with a promise to offend, ENDS with a triumphant declaration regarding the authority of Christ from a second grader's mouth, and in between takes a tour of one of Scriptures most majestic mountaintops:  Philippians 2:5-11. It also led to...

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The Unforgiveable Sin?

" . . . whoever blasphemes against the Holy Spirit will never be forgiven; they are guilty of an eternal sin.” The unforgiveable sin is not something you do. It's an attitude you have. It's not an act you commit. It's a journey you take. And it becomes a journey that...

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Storm Chasers

Get ready for an ouch. A lot of you like storms better than you like calm. Why?  Because when it’s calm it’s much harder to complain. And some of us simply cannot be happy unless we have something to complain about. It’s why we sabotage relationships. It’s why we...

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Believe It And Not

If you've never doubted, you've only half-believed. Faith has never been easy, and doubts are not your enemy.  Pretending is.  Hear that again:  Doubts are not your enemy.  Pretending is. If we've never doubted, if we've never wrestled with issues of faith, our belief...

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Only Human, Week 6 — The “Human Racing” Sermon Recap

Here's why I liked what we got to do yesterday: 1.  We had a Campaign that had nothing to do with pledging money and everything to do with pledging prayer time; and 2.  We rescued Psalm 46:10a from its Hallmark card safety and repositioned it dangerously into the...

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