Secular tip that has a spiritual use – end goal, not entertainment

To understand where I’m coming from with this tip, if you haven’t read the first post, you’ll need to check this out first.

Tip #3 is as useful as it is straightforward. Continue reading

#preaching-point, #spiritual-application, #spiritual-goals, #spiritual-illustrations

Secular tip that has a spiritual use – remember your audience

As I mentioned in my last post about problem solving, getting to sit in on a work-related class gave me to do something I enjoy doing – finding spiritual uses in secular tips. The willingness to hone this skill allows preachers to pass along spiritual knowledge by giving illustrations that use the knowledge people already have about various secular things in life. Such is the reason why Jesus’ parables still stick to this day! Remember how to talk to your audience, and they may be better able to remember what we say.

With that being said, tip #2 is: Continue reading

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Secular tip that has a spiritual use – problem solving

I spent the last couple of days in Knoxville on a work-related trip. The trip was useful. I got to listen to several good speakers talking about things that can, could or do affect my day-job.

One speaker discussed the topic, “Best Practice for User Experience.” The topic revolved around tips to keep in mind when creating something that will be used by others. Some of the tips had a great correlating spiritual point that can and should be used by preachers – although a couple of the points aren’t as promising. Not saying the point isn’t true (because it is)…just saying the point needs to be kept in mind due to its poor, but honest, reflection of many listener’s mindsets. Over the next the few days I’m going to share the tips I believe are worth noting.

Tip #1: Continue reading

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Random Monday Morning Podium Thoughts

I’d like to request prayers on behalf of a brother at Keltonburg. His name is Ron C. and he was in an auto accident this past weekend which left him with a fractured neck, 5 broken ribs, a punctured lung, a badly broken arm, a broken wrist, a badly broken leg and a broken foot. He is doing well for his situation but he is in a lot of pain and he has a long road of recovery to go including at least one other surgery and a lot of rehab.

Last night was a great night at Keltonburg. We had two responses to the word. One baptism and one request for prayers. Plenty of reasons to smile and twice the number of hugs to give.

While putting together some notes for my sermon I came to appreciate the meaning of a section of scripture a little bit more. 1 John 3:1-3 says, “Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him purifies himself, just as He is pure.”

In connection to the return of Jesus, John mentions that whoever has the hope of Jesus’ return purifies himself just as Jesus is pure. With that thought I made a connection to the point that we can be ready for Jesus’ return by living for it. The idea being that when our hope is set on the return of Jesus then our drive in life will be to live a life that’s actually ready for His return. So in other words, without a desire to live a life of purification, because of the hope of the second coming of Christ, there will be no purification of our life. We cannot live like a child of God and a child of Hell at the same time. I used these thoughts in connection to 2 Peter 3:11 which says, “Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved, what manner of persons ought you to be in holy conduct and godliness,” where Peter is driving home a point that deals with a lifestyle choice based upon the hope of Jesus’ return.

I’m already behind on my “normal” workload for this week but is a preacher ever really ahead of his work?

Try to look for the providence of God in your life today – and have a great Monday.

#hope, #preaching-point, #second-coming

Is This the Kind of Church God Wants? (Preaching point #1 of 10)

It will take me three sermons to cover all the points from Rev 2 & 3. Here is point #1 in this topical study:

1. GOD WANTS A CHURCH THAT IS ENERGETIC, ZEALOUS, & TIRELESS IN LABOR.

Proof seen in commendations (+) and condemnations (-):
EPHESUS: (+)2:2 – “your labor”
(+)2:3 – “have labored for My name’s sake and have not become weary”
THYATIRA: (+)2:19 – “service…and as for your works, the last are more than the first.”
SARDIS: (-)3:1 – “you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.”
LAODICEA: (-)3:16 – “because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth”
(+)3:19 – “be zealous”

We see more proof from elsewhere in the NT:
Titus 2:11-15
Gal. 6:9,10
I Thess. 1:3
I Cor. 15:58

APPLY: What about our congregation? Are we energetic, zealous, & tireless in labor? How can we do better? What would Jesus say specifically to this congregation today?

#nudge, #preaching-point