by Ben Crawshaw You can use stories to preach on praise. Below is a fine example of enriching your sermons with true-to-life stories of people praising God, even in the less than ideal circumstances. Story: The book The Hiding Place, is the story of Corrie Ten Boom, her sister, Betsie, and their father who hid…

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by Jeff Henderson How do you teach the Bible to people who don’t believe the Bible and may not be very interested in what the Bible has to say? You tell stories. Stories are powerful. It’s why we love to watch movies and TV, and read novels. When you teach propositional truth, you set me…

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What if you could quickly shrink the gap between you and your audience? What if you could connect with them in a way that pulled them in to your entire sermon? The FIRST FIVE MINUTES of your sermon is one of the things we focus on in Preaching Rocket, a revolutionary, step-by-step system designed to…

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Pastors and communicators, One tool to put in your pocket as you prepare to speak…. Stories. “After nourishment, shelter and companionship, stories are the thing we need most in the world.” ? Philip Pullman  “If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”—Rudyard Kipling Stories are memorable. Stories engage emotion.…

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In church, we often make the mistake of telling people the truth without communicating it through a real-life story or example that could impact a person’s life. Telling someone God can change their life is never as powerful as showing them a changed life. One of the best ways to do that? A story. Think…

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One of the things we talk about in Preaching Rocket is how to create a preaching calendar.  A preaching calendar is important for a couple of reasons… 1. It ensures a balanced diet. 2. It gives guest speakers plenty of prep time. 3. It gives your staff and creative team plenty of prep time. And,…

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If we could give you one tool to put in your pocket as you prepare your next sermon, it would come down to one word….stories. Here are seven interesting stories to save in your files, along with a quick thought on how you could leverage the story in a message. A Texas police officer writes…

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We recently spoke with Dr. Ike Reighard—Senior Pastor of Piedmont Church in Marietta, GA—about how they were able to revive Piedmont Church when it was on the brink of closing its doors due to a $600,000 HVAC repair, mildew infested carpets, and a large facility in need of repair. Here’s the full interview: In the…

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