SERMON: how to go deeper with your words

Most of the time, we talk to make conversation. Instead, what if we talked to make a difference? This sermon highlights what the Bible says about going deeper with our words. DOWNLOAD FILES (PDF and Word files with notes, blanks, teaching notes)

a stone in the hands of a carver

Sometimes I consider myself as a stone in the hands of a carver, whereof he wills to make a statue: presenting myself thus before GOD, I beseech Him to render me entirely like Himself, and to fashion in my soul His Perfect Image.

His Name is Jesus

TEACHING NOTES (PDF) OUTLINE (PDF) My wife and I have had five children, all boys. Before each one was born, we had lengthy discussions about their name. For every child, I made an argument to name him MAGNUS. It’s unique. It’s Latin for magnificent. His nickname could be Gnus (pronounced, Guh-nus) and everything would be awesome. Needless to say, I …

A short biography of David

I’m preaching on David in a couple weeks so I put together a short biography to give our people an overview of David’s life. How could this be better, more useful tool? Post a comment below or email me at a-short-biography-of-david

A great question about interpreting the Bible

A friend wrote a fantastic question on a Facebook post, what follows is my response: THE SCRIPTURE: The LORD will keep you from all harm—he will watch over your life; the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. (Psalm 121:7-8) THE QUESTION: What does the psalmist mean when they say all harm? At surface level, …

Baptism Class Notes [updated]

Just finished the first draft of Baptism Class Notes, what’s missing? baptism-class-notes-draft-ver-2 (PDF) baptism-class-notes-draft (PDF)

The Psalms: a personal Bible Study

It’s finally finished: Click here to download: PSALMS-personal Bible Study (PDF) If you want an additional lesson on Psalm 23, you can get that here:

The Infinite Value of the Psalms

I LOVE the Psalms, but…I didn’t always love them. To be honest: when I was a younger Christian, I thought the Psalms were a waste of space. Harsh And horrible thinking, I know. How could a person claim to love scripture (which I did), but not like the largest book in the Bible? Theologically, this amounts to believing that God …

Personal Bible Study: Hebrews 5:11-6:12

Here is a simple Bible study on Hebrews 5:11-6:12: BibleStudy (PDF). It just contains the text and a few questions for reflection. Three lists to better understand this passage: Elementary teachings foundation of repentance (from acts that lead to death) faith in God cleansing rights laying on of hands eternal judgment “Beyond elementary teachings” teaching about righteousness distinguish between good from evil …

leadership training: servanthood

Quick training I created for our team: servant leadership ANSWERS servant leadership OUTLINE   I also dusted off an old quite time journal and made this available: acts.of.humility4.0.journal acts of humility COVER