Tag Archives: passively

Are Sermons Effective?

Have you ever tested the effectiveness of sermons? I did. I was a brand new pastor in my first church — Mayfield Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Mayfield, Kentucky. After finishing three years of seminary, I had been preaching for about … Continue reading

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I Grew Up In Church Without God

My parents tell me that when I was a toddler, I used to talk to them about God.  They didn’t go to church or have much interest in spiritual things, so they were quite surprised by my interest in God and … Continue reading

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Passion For The Christ — Spiritual Fire & Desire

Human history is sprinkled with lights — men, women, and children whose hearts were ablaze with passion for the Christ. Many are called “saints” and are remembered in our day. Untold millions of others, however, were unheralded in their day … Continue reading

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Occupy Till I Come — What The Church Can Learn From Occupy Wall Street

In Luke 19:13 of the King James Bible, Jesus says:  “Occupy till I come.”  Somehow, I don’t think “occupy” means to sit in a pew once a week and passively listen to a sermon.  “Occupy” is much more aggressive than … Continue reading

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Of Human Bondage — Judgment, Tolerance, Or Salvation?

We boast of freedom in a life of limits.  As humans we live in the ever present bondage of boundaries.  Nothing in our lives is unlimited.  We can only climb so high, reach so far, run so fast, think so long, enjoy … Continue reading

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Ask Not How A Preacher Can Minister To You; Ask . . .

Ask not how a preacher can minister to you; ask how you can minister to others. Then you will begin to experience the “one anothers” of the New Testament and God’s love will no longer be a theory, but will … Continue reading

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Source Of Tormenting Thoughts?

Everybody has probably experienced unwanted or tormenting thoughts. So how do thoughts that a person doesn’t want get into her mind? What is their source? One possible cause of tormenting thoughts could be a person’s own will, choice, or desire. … Continue reading

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