Spiritual Formation

4 Ways to Improve Your Daily Devotion

May 8, 2017

Growing up as a child in the 1980’s, I remember when the Jenny Craig weight loss plan first began to spread throughout the nation.  Originally started in Melbourne, Australia,...

Preaching

Essential Components of a Good Sermon Introduction

May 7, 2017

Just as a building needs an entrance, a symphony needs a prelude, and a book needs a preface, even so the sermon outline needs some basic introductory elements.  Without...

Spiritual Formation

How Joyful Are You? The Secret to a Contented Life

May 5, 2017

On a scale from one to ten, how joyful are you?  I would like for you to really give an answer.  Go ahead; assign a numerical value to the...

Preaching

The Dangers of Preaching a Passage out of Context

May 4, 2017

“That’s not what I meant.” Have you ever heard someone make that statement? Somewhere along the line their thoughts, their ideas, their intent was misconstrued so that others grossly...

Preaching

Practical Thoughts and Suggestions on the Use of Sermon Illustrations

May 2, 2017

The most compelling, heart-stirring messages are those which bring to light the truth of God’s Word in the heart of the hearer. This is the primary task of the...

Christian Living

5 Kinds of People You Should Avoid Taking Advice From

April 29, 2017

Solomon said, “Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counselors there is safety” (Proverbs 11:14). In his wisdom and experience, the king understood the...

Preaching

10 Practical Suggestions for a Concise and Thorough Word Study

April 28, 2017

The Word of God is comprised of nothing less than…well, words.  The words we read on the pages of Scripture provide the eternal truths needed for this life and...

Preaching

The Role of the Holy Spirit in the Exposition of Scripture

April 19, 2017

Preaching is technical business.  Like an excavator who searches for treasure, the expositor of Scripture must have the right tools, the right knowledge, the right methods, and the right...