Devotions, Ministry, Sermons & Sermon Notes

The Longest Night (His Encouragement #5)

Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to offer you a… Continue reading The Longest Night (His Encouragement #5)

Ministry, Poetry, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

My Favorite Christmas Song: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus [25 Days of Holiday Songs] — ☆ai love music☆

    I would like to say a special "thank you," to Ai Love Music, who allowed me to do a guest post about my favorite Christmas song, "Come Thou Long Expected Jesus," by Charles Wesley. Click through in order to read the entire article! https://www.youtube.com/embed/vRAFQCOkjgE?version=3&rel=1&fs=1&autohide=2&showsearch=0&showinfo=1&iv_load_policy=1&wmode=transparent Welcome to Day 3 of the “25 Days of… Continue reading My Favorite Christmas Song: Come Thou Long Expected Jesus [25 Days of Holiday Songs] — ☆ai love music☆

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Devotions, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

Prepare the Way of the Lord (His Encouragement #4)

What is “His Encouragement?” Thursdays are always a really long day of the week for me. Since I’m a pastor, Sunday feels like the natural beginning to my week.  By the time I get to Thursday, I am tired and drained. That’s why I’m excited to join with a group of blogging friends in order to… Continue reading Prepare the Way of the Lord (His Encouragement #4)

Devotions, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Forgiveness Takes Strength (His Encouragement #2)

Strength doesn't always look like we expect. This Thanksgiving, let us give thanks for the many earthly blessings in our lives. Let us praise God for food, family, and a home. These are all good gifts; however, on this busy Thanksgiving day, I encourage you to take a quiet moment and to earnestly thank God for the most precious gift of all, the gift of a savior who is strong enough to forgive our sins. 

Devotions, Disability & Accessibility, Ministry, Order of St. Luke, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Writing

What Does Healing Look Like?

This past week, I deepened my spirituality by spending time at a retreat with members of the Order of St. Luke. Throughout the week, we emphasized how Luke portrays Christ as the healer, and I couldn’t help but wonder, why does God heal some people and not others? Glaucoma: The Silent Thief of Sight About… Continue reading What Does Healing Look Like?

Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Uncategorized

Tips for Sermon Writing

Dear Reader, John Wesley (one my personal heroes and co-founder of Methodism) encouraged “plain speaking for plain people,” he also advocated excellence in preaching. When preparing a sermon, I always ask myself the following questions: 1.) You are the resident theologian: Even if you have never attended seminary, there is a good chance that you… Continue reading Tips for Sermon Writing

Ministry, Preaching

The Importance of Sermon Preparation

A lot of people ask me how I prepare for my sermons. For me, the most important aspect of my job is my preaching. I approach each week’s sermon preparation with the outmost care and respect because when I received my call to ministry, the voice of the Lord was incredibly clear: “Be a preacher… Continue reading The Importance of Sermon Preparation

Ministry, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15

  Sunday, October 14, 2018 Scripture:  Amos 5.6-15 Key Verses: " Seek good and not evil, that you may live;and so the Lord, the God of hosts, will be with you, just as you have said. 15 Hate evil and love good, and establish justice in the gate;it may be that the Lord, the God of hosts, will be gracious to the… Continue reading Sermon Prep: Amos 5.6-15