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Every week when I was a pastor, I did what I called walking my sermons. Although this depends on the Biblical foundations I wrote about last week, I believe it is the most valuable advice I can give preachers.
The sermon is an oral event. It is what Marshall McLuhan called a hot medium of communication. I would argue that you should not write out a sermon, and then try to memorize it, trying to translate from…Continue
Added by David Young on April 15, 2019 at 11:30am — No Comments
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on April 14, 2019 at 3:11pm — No Comments
What I am teaching in these blog posts is expository or direct Biblical preaching. I believe there is a place for topical preaching and apologetic, or subject teaching. But I believe you will find great power in sharing what God has to say to people in His word.
THE SPIRITUAL CONNECTION
Added by David Young on April 8, 2019 at 5:11pm — No Comments
I had been in and out of prayer this morning. Then I was Given this to think about.
Humans are made up of the physical and the spiritual. The physical part we can readily see. The spiritual we can only see manifestations thereof.
So where, exactly, is the spiritual located inside the human body? The heart? The brain? I couldn’t figure it out.
My best guess is that the spiritual in a human body is where the “brain bone” is connected to the “heart bone.”
Added by RICHARD H. SKIBA, JR. on April 8, 2019 at 11:33am — No Comments
Paul's admonition to Timothy is still appropriate.
“I charge you in the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead, and by his appearing and his kingdom: preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching.…Continue
THE SERIOUSNESS OF HYPOCRISY
It is interesting how we rank sins. My nephew has noted that different Christian denominations rank sins differently. He said divorce is about at the top in the denomination we belong to. But he told me a story of a similar church in a different denomination that was considering making someone he knew a deacon. They never questioned his divorce, but they would not ordain him, if…Continue
Added by David Young on March 31, 2019 at 11:41am — No Comments
Holding to the truth
Today is a day of confusion regarding truth, and that confusion has invaded the church. Confusion reigns where the church fails to hold firmly on to the Word of God.
The letter to the church at Pergamum starts this way: "These are the words of him who has the sharp, double-edged sword." (Revelation 2:12) This double-edged sword is the word of God, which comes out of Jesus' mouth…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 28, 2019 at 9:15pm — No Comments
Perhaps no area of our walk with God is more challenged by our culture today than the area of sexuality. Having strayed from the truth of God's word, as a society we no longer even know how to define gender. More and more, our culture reflects Paul's warning to the Romans:
For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 24, 2019 at 4:58pm — No Comments
This week my personal devotions are in Matthew 24. And I have been struck by a number of things that Jesus said in this chapter about the last days. I am aware that what I am writing may be disturbing to some of us. And that is not my intent. God is in control no matter what we face in these times. I have joked in the past that in 1 Thessalonians 4:18 where Paul says, “Comfort one another with these words,” we misread it, “Scare the life out of one another…Continue
Added by David Young on March 22, 2019 at 6:52pm — No Comments
A Grandparent’s Challenge
I received the special gift of grandparenting as I approached my midlife season. It was exciting to become a grandparent! However, I learned that along with this gift came a sacred trust to imprint another generation with the message of God’s faithfulness. Reflecting on my new responsibility, I realized my prayers were too general and vague and I became frustrated with how I was praying for my grandchildren.…Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 21, 2019 at 11:50am — No Comments
Most of us think there is very little hope for mankind in the law of God. And if you think of keeping the law in your own efforts as your self-salvation project, it is indeed absolutely hopeless. However the law of God was not given to bring Salvation. It shows us God's standards of right and wrong. And when we come to it with a transformed heart, it shows us how we are able to please God who has done everything to save us. And the law helps us break free from…Continue
Added by David Young on March 20, 2019 at 7:26pm — No Comments
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 20, 2019 at 12:00pm — No Comments
A civil worker in Kentucky loses her job for refusal to issue a license for a gay marriage due to her religious convictions. A baker on Colorado is sued for refusing to bake a cake for a gay wedding, again due to religious convictions. Celebrities who are believers get criticized for positions taken by their pastors on controversial topics. Long-standing mottos like "In God We Trust" get challenged.
All around us, the church is challenged and squeezed by a culture that…Continue
Added by Andrew R. Wheeler on March 19, 2019 at 7:34pm — No Comments
A good friend focused my attention on Isaiah 60:1-2 as a word from the Lord for the New Year: “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the Lord rises upon you and his glory appears over you.” …Continue
Added by Lillian A. Penner on March 14, 2019 at 2:50pm — No Comments
When I was born, the hospital in Temple, Texas had a show window where they placed their idea of the best-looking baby to be born that day/week. Partly because someone thought I was that baby, and partly because my mother was a registered nurse in the same hospital, I spent a full week in the show window. Of course, I don’t remember it, but I was reminded of it many times through the years. Last week I walked through the new-born section of a local hospital. One cannot do that without also…Continue
Added by Dan R. Crawford on March 10, 2019 at 3:01pm — No Comments
Several months ago I wrote a blog post that was primarily on Jeremiah 29:11. I was reacting to something I heard said from the pulpit. The preacher said we could not take this as a promise if we were not Israelites being sent into exile. I took exception to this in my blog, showing that this verse has universal application. But in this post I want to apply this truth to Scripture as a whole. Look with me at something Jesus said in Matthew…Continue
Added by David Young on March 4, 2019 at 1:23pm — No Comments
Added by Merton J. Hershberger on March 3, 2019 at 9:12pm — No Comments
Dear friends in Christ,
March is the time we focus on Government and the Military. Every month we dedicate articles, research and prayer strategies for the spheres of influence in our society.
During the month of April we are praying for the sphere of Business - Trade and Finance. Should you wish to include your prayer requests in the April newsltter, please send them to us by the 15th March.
Check the website for more information…Continue
Added by Lilian Marie Schmid on March 2, 2019 at 2:37am — No Comments
More will follow from other nations as well.
We recently commenced a research to find out the challenges that are being encountered within the Spheres of Influence in cities and regions across the world. We asked people “What are the Challenges that are affecting the Spheres of Influence in your city, in your region, in your nation?”
Added by Lilian Marie Schmid on March 2, 2019 at 2:35am — No Comments
What is the wedding garment in the parable in Matthew 22:12? In the parable recorded in the first verses of Matthew 22, when those who would not come to the king's wedding feast were destroyed, the servants were sent out to bring anyone they found, good or bad, to the wedding feast. But when the king came in to see his guests he found one without a wedding garment. “Friend,” he said, “how did you get in here without a wedding garment?” And there was nothing…Continue
Added by David Young on March 1, 2019 at 2:25pm — No Comments