Preaching Sensitive and Challenging Subjects

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Bible

One of the greatest challenges as a pastor is when you know God wants you to preach on a sensitive and challenging subject. Some pastors do all they can to avoid or ignore these kinds of matters. Yet, I have a question for you. When God is so clear on a subject in His Word and […]


The Real Purpose of Preaching, and Why It Matters

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Preaching On the Street

God has a purpose for everything. The Bible says in Proverbs 19:21, “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” Pr. 19:21 (NIV) God has a specific purpose for preaching, and His purpose is far more important than your purpose or my purpose for preaching. One of the […]


Start Preaching For Life Change: A Three Day Retreat at Saddleback

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Rick Preaching

NOTE: We’ve added a third week! Be part of an exclusive cohort of Pastors and take your preaching to an all-new level by choosing one of two weeks in September and joining us at Saddleback’s Rancho Capistrano for a three-day in-depth workshop on preaching for life change. Nothing is more powerful for changing lives, casting a vision, […]


Preach to Break Then Build

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Break Light

I have a friend who is really into rebuilding old cars. It is an art form to take a rusted out car from the scrap heap or auction lot and restore it to better than new condition. He once told me that when you rebuild a car, you don’t just add the parts that are […]


5 Valuable Pre-Preaching Rituals

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Greg Stier

As a “professional communicator) I get the privilege of doing a lot of speaking to a ton of different groups. God has blessed me to speak in front of big groups (just got done preaching two hours ago to 5,000 teenagers at #IYC2014 in Nashville), small groups (I do a weekly staff chapel service for […]


Preachers: Give People an Opportunity to Respond to God

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Appeal In Preaching

When we preach the Bible, we are leading people to encounter God and respond to Him personally. As we work our way through the specific text we are preaching, we are leading them to encounter the God who wrote this Bible. My Personal Testimony I believe when a preacher of God’s Word unpacks the Scripture, revealing […]


To See Lives Transformed, Always Start with the Truth of God’s Word

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Transformed Campaign

Nothing thrills a Pastor more than seeing real transformation happen in the lives of people. We want to see people grow up and become completely mature – completely like Jesus Christ. Another word for this is sanctification, and sanctification always begins as God’s Spirit uses God’s truth to change the mind, heart, and will of […]


How to “Hit a Home Run” in Your Next Sermon Series

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Relevance

Here’s how to be guaranteed that listeners will eagerly anticipate your next series of messages, waiting to hear your words—and God’s—on the selected topic. First, some background… A few years ago the U.S. Navy Chaplain Corps asked me to research the attitudes of incoming 18-, 19-, and 20-year old recruits toward religion and church.  I interviewed young men and […]


6 Reasons to Preach the Word About Money

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Money

As a Pastor, I’m well aware of how many people have the assumption that “all Pastors want to talk about is money.” The funny thing is, after twenty years in ministry and communicating regularly with thousands of pastors, I can firmly assert that talking about money is one of our least favorite things to do, […]


8 Questions to Ask When Preparing Your Sermons

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Rick Warren Preaching

I believe that the best model to follow in the history of preaching is Jesus. It isn’t John the Baptist, Paul, or any contemporary speaker alive today. Jesus was THE Master Communicator. The Bible says in Matthew 7:28 that “the crowds were amazed at Jesus’ sermons.” Why? Because both the content and the delivery came […]


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