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How many sermons does it take to make a person pure?

Christ-followers are called to be pure and holy! That’s not easy to do when seductive media is so readily accessible and overflowing with negativity, disrespect, vulgarity, adultery, nudity, profanity, and worse. Have all the sermons that we have heard (and … Continue reading

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Everyday eloquence — the power of show and tell!

We learned it in kindergarten — everyday eloquence — how to show and tell. So why did we stop? Why did we formalize presentations?  Why did we turn spontaneous heart-felt sharing into standardized, stuffy sermons! The Bible teaches that church … Continue reading

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Lecture or loving interaction? (Sermon or heart-felt sharing?)

What works? Lecture or loving interaction? –1-man lecture doesn’t work as the foundation for support groups. Neither can effective family gatherings be built on the same man always doing all the talking. –So why do we tie church meetings so … Continue reading

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1 Speaking to All? Or All Speaking To All?

Church is when a group of believers gathers together around the living, resurrected Jesus Christ and focuses their attention on listening to His voice and doing whatever He tells them to do. Church is when the living Christ, in a … Continue reading

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A Hunka Hunka Burnin’ Words

When I was a boy my dad had a book called:  Eloquence in Public Speaking: How To Set Your Words On Fire by Kenneth McFarland.  It was about how to put sparks in human hearts and it helped to create … Continue reading

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