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1. Communicate for change. Your goal as a pastor is to take people from where they are to somewhere different. This is communicating for change. Andy Stanley will talk about how he crafts messages for “life change” rather than just to communicate information and he’ll also explain how to create clarity and focus around your message at the Preach Better Sermons FREE online event on April 29th

2. Attract people to God’s word, not you. Lysa TerKeurst knows how to match the reality of God’s word with the struggles of her audience. She’ll explain how she does this, as well as how to help more people remember your message by using sticky statements and memorable points at the Preach Better Sermons event.

3. Preach from a passion for people and an urgency of the Gospel. Judah Smith talks about how preaching with the urgency of the Gospel is foundational to effective preaching. He’ll also share how to deal with discouragement as a pastor at Preach Better Sermons.

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Alicia Glover is a hero of mine.

My brother’s and I were graced to have her as our Mother. She’s was always present. She was there. Married to the same man for 39 years. Screaming from the stands at sporting events. In the hospital. At the altar. She made our family a family. She’s beautiful. Her sense of humor is awesome. She loves the color blue. She can answer just about any question on any subject.

I can’t describe her in any light that would do her justice. The only thing I can do is be thankful. I thank God for her.

Studying for my Mother’s day message lent me the opportunity to shine the spotlight on a few different woman. Some notable, some not. I kept thinking about Mom. So I started writing this list… Continue Reading…

Sermon Recap: Now.

March 26, 2013

Highlights from Sunday’s message ‘Now”. You can share through your social media outlets (Twitter, Facebook,etc) using the shortened link http://bit.ly/YvoG6g

 

1.Now Faith is … Bible faith is now faith. Faith in the present. Heb 11:1

2. The Faith that led to the lame man’s healing was faith in the Jesus who won. Acts 3:15-16

3. The Key to the whole miracle is the the first word of the story – Now. Acts 3:1

4. We were instructed to pray for daily bread (Matthew 6:11). These instructions point back to the daily manna, given in the wilderness. Manna teaches us that our hunger determines our capacity (Ex 16:17). Manna had an expiration date, it’s only good for one day, you can’t eat tomorrow what was given today (Ex 16:19-20). This manna melted when the Sun came out, you can miss your moment if you don’t live in the now of God (Ex 16:21).

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Season Shift

March 1, 2013

A sure sign that winter is upon us is the absence of little tykes on bikes. When winter again gives way to spring (soon), you will know it by the amount of bicycles back out on pavement.

In the meantime, the bike is put away in the garage and the endless energy of children is focused elsewhere … mainly tearing up the house.

Stuck in Winter

A few winters ago I was ministering for a friend in Anchorage, AK. We were in the middle of below freezing temps, and already pining for warmer days. Usually during these cold times a person buys things for winter play such as sleds, snow boots, etc.

In the middle of this dark, cold, unending January, the Pastor’s son was given a gift card for Toys-R-Us. If it were I, I would have bought something for winter – like a sled; but this guy spent his card on a bicycle.

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There is an Us in JesUS.

February 18, 2013

That’s not to say Jesus doesn’t notice the individual.

He does.

Every detail.

He died for every person. He is touched by your unique troubles and sends grace to help you through your personal issues. He cares so much for individuals that both Testaments have recorded genealogies, covering thousands of years: all showing that God sees people, remembers their names, and their place in HIStory.

He doesn’t leave us as solitary figures. We are placed into a much bigger group of people. Called the Church, His Body, His Building, His Bride, and His Family (to name a few). We gather together, make Jesus famous together, share life together, grow together, and put the go in the gospel together. In short, there is an ‘I’ in salvation, and an ‘us’ in Jesus.

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Acts 14:19-20 – And there came thither certain Jews from Antioch and Iconium, who persuaded the people, and, having stoned Paul, drew him out of the city, supposing he had been dead. Howbeit, as the disciples stood round about him, he rose up, and came into the city: and the next day he departed with Barnabas to Derbe.

Wherever Paul went, there was either revival or riot. It just so happens that in this instance there was riot. A crippled man had just been healed, the gospel was being boldly proclaimed, and religious people were irritated. Paul was on this mission with his good friend Barnanbas and others that remain nameless. The people that experienced the power of God were so amazed that they began to call Paul a god. He quickly corrected them of their misnomer and points them to Jesus. Then the people stoned Paul.

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Good news for Shepherds

December 5, 2012

Many late nights watching over the flock: an apt description of many pastors. There are a lot of sheep to watch over and plenty of looming issues that need to be warded off.

Counting sheep never puts a pastor to sleep. Hours are spent thinking about what you could have said and what you should have done.

Good News!

Recall that night when the shepherds were watching over their flocks by night?

The night sky erupted with lights and angels. The startled shepherds looked up with awe and wonder. A voice pierced the silence and proclaimed good news. A Savior was born. This Savior would bring good tidings and great joy to all people.

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Genesis 22:20-23 – And it came to pass after these things, that it was told Abraham, saying, Behold, Milcah, she hath also born children unto thy brother Nahor; Huz his firstborn, and Buz his brother, and Kemuel the father of Aram, And Chesed, and Hazo, and Pildash, and Jidlaph, and Bethuel. And Bethuel begat Rebekah: these eight Milcah did bear to Nahor, Abraham’s brother.

God isn’t afraid to begin a big project with a small detail. He is the God of small beginnings. There aren’t any big launches in His repertoire. Grand openings aren’t His style. Learning that fact will help your faith in the long-term.

The blessings God promised Abraham on the Mountain of Provision included possession, multiplication, and worldwide impact.

Did you know that God swears? Well, He does. He swore that these promises would come to pass.

How? Good question.

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 This is a guest post by my father, Mitchell Glover. He pastors a thriving church in Sterling, AK: if you’d like to listen to him preach – you can do so here.

Christmas time in the elementary classroom when I was a teacher always seemed bright and colorful. Lots of creative writing was generated by the season. The Clarion published a special edition insert featuring writing by the students. It was interesting for adults and fun for the students to see their stories, poems, and even artwork published in the paper.

One year, ministers were invited to write about Christmas in twenty-five words or less. Many area pastors responded, and I submitted the following:

A baby came, divinely effective for giving hope; infant Jesus, kindly loving me, neighbors, other people; quintessential redeeming savior, truth unfolding victoriously with exuberant Yuletide zeal.

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Post by Michael Glover

My wife and I just celebrated two years of marriage.

These past two years, she and I have faced countless challenges, some of them resulting from our own differences and some hitting us unexpectedly – things we did not see coming.

It’s not always been wedding bells and honeymoon style love. Well … yeah, no!

Together

However, somewhere in the middle of the highs and lows we encountered, together (sometimes on the same day), we planted the root values of our marriage on the common ground we shared together.

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