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Devotions, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Cats don’t need to repent— but we do! (His Encouragement)

Something about cats and Lent just seem together! My husband says he has never seen any cat who was every sorry for anything. Cats don't need to repent, but humans do! During Lent, we make time for repentance and lamentation.

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Ministry, Pastoral Life, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Women in Ministry

Devotion: Happy New Year- Babies Change Lives (His Encouragement)

Have you or a family member ever known the joy of a holding a newborn baby in your arms? Babies change our lives. One of my friends can vividly remember the day her son was born. “It was a long and painful process,” she said. “I had labor pains for three long, grueling days and the contractions were so brutal that I thought that I was going to die. I had never known such pain in all my life. But then, when they laid that my new son in my arms, my entire life changed. Up until that point, I had loved my son and anxiously awaited his arrival. But that moment, when I held him, I knew what true love was. Becoming a parent changes your life forever, and it has never been the same.”

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Devotions, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes

Devotion: Straighten Up & Fly Right (His Encouragement #31)

All of us need to straighten up sometimes- all of us are tempted to judge others. Furthermore, all of us are bound by something. We are all in need of healing, whether it be spiritual, physical, or emotional. When Christ shows up on the scene, everything changes. “

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Devotions, Ministry, Pastoral Life, Poetry, Preaching, Sermons & Sermon Notes, Stewardship

Holy Thursday: Litany for Notre Dame, St. Landry Parish, and the World

It is always a tragedy when a sacred space is destroyed. This Holy Week, we remember Notre Dame, the people of Paris, St. Landry Parish, and all who mourn. Our hearts long for the resurrection of an Easter morning.

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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)

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