Here are some equippinghispeople posts you may not have read this week:
So is resurrection power making a difference in your life? A week on from Easter, when you’ve remembered the transforming power of Jesus being raised from the dead, what’s changed in you? In your heart? In your soul? How has what you’ve done this week changed because of Jesus’ resurrection power living in you?
If you allow the transforming power of God into your life, you can choose to be joyful no matter how much people hurt you, because you know that ultimately God is in control.
As spiritual leaders, we are called to follow the Good Shepherd, and care for our flock. God loves his people, he cares for them, and his agenda for his leaders and pastors is to do the same. The bottom line is that we must spend time with them.
And here are the top five articles on spiritual leadership or effectiveness I’ve read this past week:
There’s a distinct focus on preaching this week. God is clearly trying to tell me something!
How to Preach Without Notes – Part 1 of 2 by Lane Sebring
As I confessed last week, I struggle with this issue. I wish I could train myself to not need notes at all. I would love to prepare in such a way that I could deliver a message and never look down, but maintain eye contact and physical engagement with my listeners from start to finish. Sebring thinks I can, and he does a great job of telling me how. His concept of building a flow of touch points and triggers resonated with me so much, I’m going to try it out this Sunday!
How to Preach Without Notes – Part 2 of 2 by Lane Sebring
The killer step for me is using my presentation slides to my advantage. I think this might be the secret to being able to preach without notes. My presentation slides can become my outline without me having an outline in front of me.
Bonus! – The Notes I Have With Me While I Preach by Lane Sebring
What tipped me over the edge to try this out again is the fact Sebring was willing to share an example of the notes he takes on to the platform with him, along with a video link to the actual sermon, so that I could see what he noted and what he didn’t. This has helped me get the balance right.
As a student of preaching, I welcome the opportunity to closely examine a sermon. This post from Tim kicks off a new series of videos he’s calling The Great Sermon Series. The premise of the series is finding and examining modern-day sermons that the Lord has chosen to use in unusually significant ways. What Tim expects to find is that the Lord uses sermons to save, stir, and edify his people–and that sometimes he does this through unexpected messages and messengers.
7 Hard, but Hopefully Helpful Words for Pastors by Ron Edmondson
I am grateful to Ron for his love for pastors and passion for helping them to be as good as they can be. This post comes from his heart. His words might be hard, but they are encouraging nevertheless.
The Music of Day-to-Day Leadership by Dan Rockwell
Rockwell’s premise is that language is the music of our day-to-day leadership. Negative language and complaining are dark notes and should be avoided. I need to stop complaining!
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