The Power Of The Gospel

Romans 1:16-17 is a clarion call for New Testament Christians: 16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes: first to the Jew, then to the Gentile. 17 For in the gospel the righteousness of God is...

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An Experiment Gone Wrong. And Then Right.

I had it all planned out. As part of yesterday's sermon, I was going to do an "experiment" demonstrating that a) oil and water don't mix; b) there is a product made up of primarily oil & water -- mayonnaise; and c) the reason mayonnaise works is because eggs are...

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Outside The Lines

Here's the 2.0 version of the "Lines" series promo / sermon bumper:I think I like this one even better. It more closely reflects the "full color" commitment of our church.Which is something I'll touch in a message I'm very much looking forward to, "Outside The...

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A New Prayer

At the turn of the 20th Century, Christianity was almost non-existent on the Korean penninsula. Today, just over 100 years later, more South Koreans identify themselves as Christians than any other religion. Eleven of the twelve largest churches in the world are in...

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What I Learned In Prison . . .

I spent a couple of days last weekend at the Kershaw Correctional Institution in Kershaw, SC, as part of the Kairos Prison Ministry there. There are a number of men at Good Shepherd who are deeply involved in Kairos and I was only too glad to help their program in...

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How We Crossed The Line For Crossing The Line

We launched our series Lines yesterday with a message called "Crossing The Line." It was a pretty clear call to conversion with the refrain: You'll never know it all, but you do know enough. So step over the line." Then the sermon concluded with this video featuring...

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Lines Week One — Crossing The Line

So we start "Lines" this Sunday.I think it's going to be one of our best series.It starts with "Crossing The Line" and here's where it goes after that:April 3: "Between The Lines"April 10: "Outside The Lines"April 17: "Bloodline"April 22: "Flatline" (Good Friday)April...

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Files, Files, Files

I have an entire file drawer dedicated to sermon illustrations.Beginning with one for "Abortion" followed by one for "Addictions" and then continuing on to places like "Grief," "Healing," "Methodism" (over which I have some grief and is in need of healing!), then into...

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