Training Your Eyes

So what is it?Is it an image of two people touching their palms as a sign of cooperation?Is it a world map from the 1400s, when people really didn't know how the continents fit together?Is it a frowning face?An owl's face?It all goes to show the importance of training...

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Piece Of Work Worked

So yesterday, everyone who entered the Worship Center received a small container of Play Dough.We talked about how we are God's "workmanship" -- in a grand sense how we are the raw material that God then fashions into a thing of beauty and purpose. We are his...

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What You Should Do On Sunday Morning

I've long heard that there are three types of churches: risk takers, care takers, and under takers. We'll wherever we usually are on that spectrum, this Sunday we're starting on a message series that will be high on the risk factor. It's called Piece Of Work. It comes...

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What You Should Do On Saturday Night

The people at RiverGate love us.When our bands play out there on summer Saturday nights, the music is excellent, the crowds are large, and best of all from their perspective, business is good.Good Shepherd will be live at the RiverGate water fountain this Saturday,...

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Tools Of The Trade

Every pastor, whether he or she realizes it or not, has a tool box.In that tool box are those resources that support, enhance, and enlarge ministry.Here are some of my most essential tools:Bible: New International Version.Commentary I most use in sermon preparation:...

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Preacher’s Confession

I've got a confession.Now, usually, when a preacher says he has a confession, people immediately think, "all right, who's it with and how long has it been going on?" No, nothing like that.It's this. Sometimes I read emails while I'm talking on the telephone.There. Got...

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Love & Respect

In laying out our goals and emphases of 2009, we kept coming back to the subject of marriage. We sensed that many marriages in this community had settled into an uncomfortable truce while others were teetering on the brink of collapse.That's why we did the LoveDare...

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When The Sermon Begins

When does a sermon begin? After the public reading of the Scripture? After the prayer? After a really cool solo?It's actually the wrong question.The better question is where does the sermon begin? Not when, but where.There is an easy answer to that question: in the...

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Blessing Houses

We have this ministry called Bless This House.It involves getting the addresses of recent house closings in our area from the Sunday Charlotte Observer, and then sending out pairs of people (going out in twos -- that's biblical!) to welcome the new movers to southwest...

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Get It On Paper

If you don't write it down, it doesn't happen.I'm learning this as a leader and as a preacher.A great failure of leadership is lack of clarity in expectations. I know this is true because there have been plenty of times in leading this team at Good Shepherd that my...

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