10 Ways to Build Momentum with Your Groups


10 Ways to Build Momentum with Your Groups Steve Gladen and Brett Eastman talk about Summer and how to make Summer Time a little more dynamic in your groups. They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Acts 2:41-43 1. Stay consistent: continue to […]

Mother’s Day & the Infertile


By Russell D. Moore LOUISVILLE, Ky. (BP) — Mother’s Day is a particularly sensitive time in many congregations, and pastors and church leaders often don’t even know it. This is true even in congregations that don’t focus the entire service around the event as if it were a feast day on the church’s liturgical calendar. […]

From Fire and Brimstone to Humble Pie, How I Write a Sermon

Geoff Surratt Preaching

I find writing sermons incredibly difficult. I wish that I could just read a scripture, give the historical context, make wry observations and then call people to repentance, but sermon writing is a gut-wrenching, arduous process for me. I would compare it to childbirth, but every mom would rightfully slap me down. Nonetheless it is […]

Free Sermon: When You’re At the Breaking Point

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This message, presented by Pastor Rick Warren, is part of the series Managing Stress, available from Saddleback Resources. Download the Zip File

Free Sermon: How to Lighten Your Load

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This message, preached by Pastor Rick Warren, is from the series From Burnout to Balance. Download the Zip File

Teach Your Congregation 5 Ways to Recognize God’s Truth


About 40 years ago, I was at a camp in the mountains. Alone in a room, I prayed, “God, if there is a God, I’m open. If you’re real, I want to know you’re real. And, Jesus Christ, if you can change my life, if there is a purpose for my life, I want to […]

Resurrection Re-Focus

Empty Tomb

The lack of focus given to the resurrection of Jesus Christ in theological thinking, preaching and teaching today is troubling. Surprisingly, many evangelicals seem to undervalue it.  It’s not that they do not believe it to be important, nor do they disbelieve its historical authenticity. Yet anecdotal evidence and a perusal of theological works reveal […]

Preach Simple Truths; Be Clear and Understandable


Jesus didn’t cloud his messages with technical or theological jargon. He spoke in simple terms that normal people could understand. We need to remember that Jesus did not use the classical Greek language of the scholar. He spoke in Aramaic. He used the street language of that day and talked of birds, flowers, lost coins, […]

Free Sermon: How Can I Change My Life?

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Six Truths I Learned From a Failed Presentation


If you’ve ever done any amount of public speaking, you’ve had that moment when you step on stage and have a sinking feeling that says, “What in the world am I doing here?” Ever had that? Whether it’s the crowd that’s staring back at you, the venue itself, your lack of preparedness, or the content […]

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