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The 10 Commandments of Sermon Illustrations

Someone once said that when you run out of illustrations, you should stop preaching. This statement may be overdramatic, but there is some element of truth to it. Jesus was a fantastic storyteller.

Sermon Illustrations

For example, when he communicated something about the kingdom he would talk about coins, sheep, and a prodigal son as a way to illustrate his point. If you survey the New Testament, you will quickly discover that Jesus frequently responded and engaged people through a story. Bottom line: stories stick in your memory. Continue Reading…

Three Disciplines That Will Ensure Spiritual Freshness in the Life of a Preacher

Many preachers live under a cloud of discouragement because they don’t see the results that they envisioned for their ministries. John Stott, a British theologian, argues that sometimes the problem is not so much discouragement as it is staleness. There is no preacher who starts off his or her race with the intention of failing.

Three Disciplines That Ensure Preacher Freshness

Many throw in the towel because they have ignored the basic disciplines that would have determined their longevity in proclaiming God’s gospel. Effective preachers are healthy preachers.

Here are three disciplines that will ensure spiritual freshness in your life as a preacher. Continue Reading…

Why You Need a Preaching Calendar and How To Get Started

One of the greatest struggles for a preacher is knowing what to preach next.  This can be a life-sucking weekly ritual.  If you are a senior pastor, a student ministries pastor, or anyone who preaches on a regular basis, you need a preaching calendar.

Preaching Calendar

A preaching calendar is a planned-out calendar that outlines what will be preached over the course of the upcoming quarter, half-year, or year.  The calendar is not created randomly but instead through prayerful considerations. Continue Reading…

The Most Overlooked Way to Forgive Someone When It’s Hard

Is anyone ever beyond forgiveness?  Before you say “no”, let me share a story with you.

Forgiveness, bitterness

Known as the Milwaukee Cannibal, Jeffrey Dahmer was no stranger to heinous and vicious crimes.  He was, to put it mildly, a brutal serial killer.  He was also a sex offender who committed rape and murder, and chopped 17 men and boys to pieces.  He stored all the human body parts he had dismembered in a refrigerator. After he killed his victims, he would Continue Reading…