Getting The Sermon Out Of The Bible

So let's say I've got a series. I've even got a title or a starting point for a particular message.Where do I go from there?The bible passage itself. In general I use one passage rather than collecting several unrelated verses and making a sermon out of them. It's...

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Where Do Sermons Come From?

People often ask me where ideas for messages -- and even the messages themselves -- come from.I even get asked if the Methodist Church gives its pastors the topics to address each week (the answer to that is a most definite "no.")So where do sermons come from?For some...

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Top Secret

It's the first series we've ever done that has its own website. And based on the traffic there, a lot of you are eager to deal with secrets in healthy, hopeful ways. That's what we'll do, starting with the First Secret EVER. Sunday. 8:30. 10:00. 11:30.

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Davis Clan

As 2008 winds down, I find myself especially proud to have come from this family on the left.The photo was taken at my nephew's wedding in Highlands, NC back in August.Pictured are the seven Davis children with our remarkable mother in the middle. Betty Davis is 93,...

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Christmas Eve Reflections

We had post-it notes all over the Worship Center on Christmas Eve.The theme had to do with "remembering" -- marking the interventions of God in your life.As a response, we invited the people to write down God's interventions on post-it notes (we put three in every...

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Christmas Eve

Christmas Eve growing up . . .With such a large family we drew names. In the early years (before I was born), the name drawing gift would be the only one people would give and receive. In the later years, the name drawing gift became the best gift you'd give or...

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Prayers For Connor

In the middle of Christmas, please pray for 13-year-old Connor McKemey.On Sunday he was severely burned in an accident you can read about here.Both Connor and his mother Karin are receiving treatment at a burn unit facility in Augusta, Georgia.The McKemeys have been...

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President-Elect Obama, Rick Warren & Tolerance

As many of you know by now, President-elect Obama has chosen Rick Warren of Saddleback Church and The Purpose-Driven Life fame to deliver the invocation at the January 20 inauguration. As you also know, the reaction from some groups has not been positive. I'd direct...

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No Inn In The Room

The last phrase of Luke 2:7 is one of the most familiar -- and misunderstood -- sections of Scripture: "for there was no room in the inn."This Sunday, we'll remove some of the sentimentality from those words. We'll see them for what they really say -- in all their...

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Pride Swallowing

Christmas is coming and with it the inevitable family reunions.For a lot of us, that means coming face to face with certain people we don't much care for. We've had a "falling out."So the question is: will anyone make the first move towards reconciliation? Or will all...

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