Bouncebackers, Week 5 — The “Murder, Incorporated” Sermon Rewind

Bouncebackers wound up yesterday in a message that was a bit of a departure from the previous four.

We landed in the New Testament rather than the Old and we delved into a familiar figure rather than obscure.

Bottom line?  Your worst moment is no match for his great mercy.

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November 2 — Happy Birthday, Brad Stoffel (And Lessons From A 15 Match Losing Streak)

Here are some thoughts originally posted in 2010 but worthy of a revisit.

Ironically, after this post seven years ago, Brad heard about it through some internet friends, and we reconnected.  Teenage rivalries tend to lose their intensity in middle age …

I always remember that November 2 is Brad Stoffel’s birthday. read more

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Getting From Written Manuscript To Preached Sermon

Here is “Page 2” from last week’s “Shame Off You” sermon from the Bouncebackers series.

What?  And what is the deal with all that purple?

Well, here goes: each week, after about 12-15 hours of studying, scribbling, and outlining, I write out a nine page, 2,000 word sermon manuscript.  The manuscript that I write is usually intended for delivery about two months out (this week, for example, I’m working on something for January 14, 2018). read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Scriptures On Eternal Life

While it can be dangerous to attach too much importance to single verses of Scripture — thereby yanking them out of context — nevertheless there is something so powerful about certain sentences in the bible.

Especially those that speak of eternal life.

These are the words I read to terminally ill patients and their families as they reach the end of their days. read more

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Bouncebackers, Week 4 — The “Shame Off You” Sermon Rewind

Yesterday’s message led to a mid-week course correction.

I realized on Tuesday that it simply had to be followed with an invitation to receive healing & cleansing prayer.  So we adjusted the final song (to, of course, “O Come To The Altar”), arranged some prayer ministers, and voila! course corrected. read more

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#TBT — Destin, Florida, 1995

In the summer of 1995, Julie and I took Taylor (then five) and Riley (then two) to a beach in Destin, Florida for vacation.

We (I) chose the particular vacation property because one of its attractions was grass tennis courts.  If I remember correctly, I found an opponent to play with one afternoon, was less than impressed with my own level of play, and spent the rest of the week at the beach and pool. read more

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How One Book Led To Another …

Back in 2014, I led a number of Good Shepherd LifeGroups through Sandy Richter’s Epic Of Eden study.

And here is a photo of notes I took from the reading assignment of Week 11, Day One:

That day’s reading involved an overview of the Old Testament book of Judges.  And Richter described the book as a series of descending cycles of sin, debauchery, and self-destruction.  In her video commentary for the same week, she concluded, “By the end of Judges, the Israelites are now officially worse than the Canaanites.”  I know she said that because I took notes on it as well.  Here ya go: read more

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Top Five Tuesday — Top Five Things I’d Do Differently

As a lot of you know, I’m 55.

That means I have 10-12 years left of full-time ministry.

(Ironically, I confessed to someone recently that ten years AGO I had befriended a guy who is a corporate speech coach, and somewhere in the back of my mind was the idea that I should move away from church work and into that field.  Then God intervened.) read more

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Bouncebackers, Week 3 — The “A Bouncebacker’s Best Friend” Sermon Rewind

Sunday’s messaage …

  • Concluded with a bit of textual analysis of ancient Hebrew manuscripts Huh?  Trust me, it worked and did so in a way that demonstrate how library-ish the bible is.
  • Had a moment in the manuscript where I used “purposeful” rather than “intentional” because Brian Sigmon prefers it.
  • Referenced the Carpenters, Cher, the return of Jesus, and my own Methodist tempter tantrum from days gone by.
  • Used “Nathan” as a verb … as in “to Nathan” someone.
  • Landed at this bottom line:  You will either stand corrected or fall convicted.

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In a little bit I am going to give you a choice between two options, and that choice is pretty stark, Option A and Option B, with not much gray space between them.  Black.  White.  And not to overpromise and under-deliver or anything, but I believe how you decide in this choice may well do more for your career, your classes, your marriage, your LifeGroup, your faith than just about any other choice you make.  Literally could make the difference between life & death, success & failure, favor & misery.  Not quite heaven & hell serious choice, but not far behind. read more

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Bouncebackers, Week 3 — “A Bouncebacker’s Best Friend”

Why would someone living life from this altitude …

… ever need a bounce back?

And what in the world would a best friend have to do with it?

Answers to those questions and more …

Sunday.

8:30, 10, 11:30 on the Moss Campus.

10, 11:30 on the Zoar Campus.

11:30 at the Spanish-speaking service. read more

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