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How to Help Your Members Remember God’s Word

Spiritual growth isn’t automatic. Your congregation must be intentional about growing spiritually. They won’t grow by accident. The same is …

One Thing That Will Improve Your Preaching

Your love for preaching isn’t important. What’s important is whether you love the people to whom you’re preaching. In fact, …

Why Planning Your Preaching Matters

You can easily tell the difference between a well-prepared meal and one that was just thrown together at the last …

How to Hold Their Attention When You Preach

Interesting sermons capture the interest of your listeners. That’s why I think it’s wrong to bore people with the Bible. …

Do You Know the Needs of Your Congregation?

When I plan my preaching calendar, I start by analyzing my audience. I start where Jesus started—the needs of people.  …

Building a Message That Changes Lives

Pastors are often taught in seminary to develop a content outline for their sermons. This type of outline is designed …

Three Keys to Tying Together Your Sermons

Good sermons aren’t scattered. They are consistent and whole.  A great sermon is like a good flight. It includes a …

How to Trim Your Sermon for Maximum Effectiveness

Giving your message a good trim can turn a good sermon into a great one. In a great sermon, every …

3 Ways to Keep Your Listener’s Attention as You Preach

Preaching is tougher than ever these days. For one thing, we can’t assume that people come to our churches with …

5 Ideas for Your New Year’s Sermon

After almost 40 years at Saddleback, I know how tough it can be to come up with a holiday sermon. …

How to Write Sermons Using the Building Blocks Approach

I attended a book-writing workshop recently that revolutionized how I write sermons. Let me explain. The instructor had a great …

How to Preach Like Jesus (Part 2): Get Practical

I love the practicality and simplicity of Jesus’ teaching. It was clear, relevant, and applicable. He aimed for application because …

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