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Tag: preaching

In my sermon outlines, instead of a “conclusion,” I give it the heading, “What now?” Reminds me that a call to action is always needed. Practice based on truth.

  1. Went to meet with the saints in Eugênio de Melo (the other congregation in town) this morning, preached at their invitation. Good to see some old friends. Attendance was down. Did they hear I was coming?

  2. We had lunch at Empório Ancheita and invited José Roberto along, since we were taking him home.

  3. Much cooler today than normal. Not complaining. Cool is me.

  4. Sore in the lower back today from exercises yesterday morning at the gym. Case of the old gray mare?

  5. Bought a book lately? Try this one: Choose! Easy to read, challenging to practice.

  6. A verse of mine: Pounding drums from a distance, / The party invades our privacy, / No one knows or cares, / Gone the spirit of civility.

  7. A Bible verse: “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast, which reaches inside behind the curtain, where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek” Heb 6.19-20.

Last Christmas I received a new NVI Bible (by request), since my old one was falling apart. It has lines in the margins for notes. My first notes, for a sermon, covered Rom 8.28-39. Quite a good place to start, don’t you think?

Too clever by a degree. That’s some preaching and teaching I hear or read. Phrasing is often cutesy. Am I guilty of it, too? Hmm.

If a sermon has seven points, they have to be treated in a few minutes each. But if they all come out of a single verse of the Bible, that’s not such a bad thing.

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