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Another Christmas Miracle, Please
by Max Lucado

Could you use a little Christmas, this Christmas? This year perhaps we need more than sleigh bells, carolers, and sugarplums. Our neighborhoods are lit, both with lights and short fuses. Our company parties are one comment away from packing a holiday punch that has nothing to do with eggnog. We’re on edge. Our nerves are frayed. Our patience is tissue-thin. Blame it on the election. Fault the ever-present threat of terrorism. Chalk it up to a spinning wheel of changes in... Read More

How to Do Advent Devotions with Your Family
by Scott Slayton

  As you enter the Advent season, you as a pastor have hopes of people understanding the significance of the birth of Christ. You pray, you work, you plead with God to transform people's lives. You long to see your community fall to their knees in repentance and adoration of Christ, the newborn King. I am joining you in your prayers for your congregation and community. Those are my hopes, as well.... Read More

5 Things Your Pastor Wants for Christmas (but Probably Won't Spell out for You)
by Jay Sampson

This is a tremendous article to read through for several reasons. Number one, it will encourage your heart with what you can pray for your congregation this Christmas season.Secondly, it may inspire you to create a message around this idea of what a Pastor wants for Christmas to either preach on a Sunday morning, or to teach the leaders and let them share these awesome gift ideas with the church. ~ Cory Mansfield, SermonSear... Read More

Thanksgiving: More Than Pre-Christmas
by Jason Soroski

For the last several years it has felt to me that Thanksgiving has become a bit of an afterthought to Christmas.  And trust me, I love Christmas.  My favorite movie is "It's a Wonderful Life", and I have been listening to Christmas music since....well...I never really stopped. Here we are in Mid-November and Christmas movies are already on TV, Christmas music is already hitting the airwaves, Christmas lights adorn our neighborhoods and Christmas displays are up and buzzing i... Read More

Book Review - The Gospel Focus of Charles Spurgeon
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Coordinator

I’ve got a question for you: do you enjoy reading books? I’m fairly certain the answer is an emphatic "yes!" I am with you; I would answer the same way. As a pastor, I am sure you love reading the Scriptures, number one. Charles Spurgeon once said, “Visit many good books. But live in the Bible.” How true is that? The Bible holds God’s Words to us. The Scriptures are “living and active, sh... Read More

Why Preach the Old Testament?
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Coordinator

I just read a great article by Steven J. Lawson in Expositor Magazine called, “Why Preach the Old Testament?” This was an eye opening article and a topic that I thought would be helpful to preachers today. I reached out to a few of our contributors and asked them for the top three reasons why they preached from the Old Testament and their top three suggestions for how preachers can preach more from the Old Testament. I hope their responses encourage, challenge, and motivate you to... Read More

What a Pastor Should Tell His People about This Election
by Joe McKeever

Many say there has never been such an election as this. Whether that’s the case or not depends on when you lived. John Adams felt that if the country elected Thomas Jefferson as president, it was all over. Much of the country felt in 1860 that if Abraham Lincoln was elected, the nation could not survive. It almost didn’t. And throughout FDR’s four terms, people spoke of him in the bitterest of ways, calling him a dictator, saying whoever assassinated him was doing th... Read More

Host a Live Online Conference with Matt and Lauren Chandler
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Coordinator

Mingling of Souls Dating Conference   On Friday night, November 11, Matt and Lauren Chandler are hosting a live, online dating conference called Mingling of Souls and you have the ... Read More

3 Indispensable Heart-Qualities for Joyful, Effective Ministry
by Paul Tripp

Why did Jonah run from God? Some would argue that we have no clear explanation, but I believe that Scripture interprets Scripture, and in chapter 4, we get a window onto Jonah's heart: Jonah ran from God because Jonah didn't share the h... Read More

The Value of Rest
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Coordinator

If you are in leadership, especially the role of pastoring/shepherding God’s people, let’s be clear, it is a beautiful yet difficult calling. The possibility of burnout is very real. There are so many facets to your role, in fact, you are probably taking care of things you never imagined you would be doing. When you answered the call to enter the ministry as a pastor, you probably envisioned studying the Scriptures, preaching the Scriptures, sharing the gospel w... Read More

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