Host a Live Online Marriage Conference with Matt & Lauren Chandler
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Manager
On February 10+11, you and your church have the opportunity to be a part of something special. Matt Chandler, Pastor of The Village Church, and his wife, Lauren, are hosting an online Marriage Conference called The Mingling of Souls Marriage Conference. This is a unique opportunity to join in with the Chandlers and churches all over the country from the comfort of your own home, small group, or church and be challenged in this crucial topic of marriage.If you know of Mat... Read More
20 Things You May Not Know about Martin Luther King, Jr.
by Debbie McDaniel
As a minister, leader, civil rights activist, and effective communicator, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. inspired many by his words of wisdom and life. He helped to change the mindset of generations with his challenge to live free.
But his life was also characterized by hardship and struggle, obstacles and trials. Though his life was not perfect, it's said that he was most influenced by the words and teachings of Jesus. Through opposition and even through death, ... Read More
New Year's Resolutions for You and Your Church (2016)
by Dr. James Emery White
This is a tremendous post from last year that is worth revisiting. Dr. White shares 15 resolutions we can make with our church. I really enjoy this article and hope it encourages you as well.
It’s that time of year again.
We’re going to lose weight, exercise more, get out of debt, stick to a budget, stop smoking, save for the future and spend more time with family.
We make resolutions because we want to bring chang... Read More
New Year's Resolutions Your Family Can Live With
by Jim Liebelt
I've heard it said that a New Year's resolution is something that goes in one year and out the other. Maybe this is why I've never been a big New Year resolution person. Recently, I saw a statistic that says 55 percent of Americans either never or only infrequently set New Year's resolutions. I guess this puts me in the majority. I'm probably this way for the same reason so many others have a certain distain for resolutions. Once made, rarely have I managed to keep them. Again, it looks like ... Read More
1 Thing You Never Learned About the Christmas Story
by Dr. Roger Barrier
I’ve celebrated Christmas more than 70 times in my lifetime. Tell me something I probably haven’t heard about the Christmas story.
One of the challenges facing pastors is how to be creative and do something special every year when Christmas rolls around. This problem reminds me of Solomon’s statemen... Read More
5 Christmas Sermon Ideas
by Cory Mansfield, SermonSearch Brand Coordinator
The decorations are up, Christmas music can be heard everywhere, and ready or not, Christmas day is almost here! I hope and pray you have enjoyed preaching God’s Word and drawing people closer to Him through the proclamation and teaching of this wonderful story of Christ’s birth.
As we start to wrap up the season, you may be wondering wh... Read More
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