027 Pastors: Four Things You Wish People Understood About You

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In this episode we discuss what every pastor wish people knew about them. If you’re a pastor, you’ll relate. If you’re not, perhaps you’ll learn something new about your pastor.

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026 Four Things Competing for the Attention of Your Listeners

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When you preach there are a lot of things that compete for your audience’s attention. It’s helpful to know what these obstacles are so you can plan for them and work around them. In this episode we identify four major things that compete for your listeners’ attention and what you can do about them. (more…)

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How to Ditch Your Plan When You Feel God is Leading in a Different Direction

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I recently preached a sermon where I felt God was leading me to change up the introduction entirely. This occurred to me minutes before I was about to preach. I sat on the front row during worship and it was clear to me – the plan I had for the sermon opening just didn’t fit. The direction I felt like God wanted me to go was to share a personal story of my dealings with sexual temptation as a teenager and into college. This was a risky proposition when completely extemporaneous, but I’ve told the story many times so I went with it.

This experience made me think about the best ways to ditch your plan when you feel like God is leading in a different direction with the sermon. Here are seven pointers to keep in mind: Continue Reading →

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3 Ways to Give Application in Your Sermons

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One of your jobs as a preacher is to teach your listeners how to live out the truths you preach from Scripture. If your goal is simply to educate or inform your audience so they can be more knowledgeable, then stop preaching. Preaching, of necessity, requires application. We’re preaching for life-change. We’re preaching to make the written word become the living word in people’s daily lives.

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