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Kerry McGonigal
In Adam by birth. In Christ by grace. That's my story. Or rather, it's His-story. Soli Deo Gloria!
In Adam by birth. In Christ by grace. That's my story. Or rather, it's His-story. Soli Deo Gloria!
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Have you ever been deeply disappointed with your own preaching, felt like a failure, and considered leaving the ministry?

"We have all things in Christ. Christ is all things to a Christian. If we are sick, Jesus is a physician. If we thirst, Jesus is a fountain. If our sins trouble us, Jesus is our righteousness. If we stand in need of help, Jesus is mighty to save. If we fear death, Jesus is life. If we are in darkness, Jesus is light. If we are weak, Jesus is strength. If we are in poverty, Jesus is plenty. If we desire heaven, Jesus is the way. The soul cannot say, ‘this I would have, and that I would have.’ But having Jesus, he has all he needs—eminently, perfectly, eternally." ~ Thomas Brooks 

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When and how should you cite sources in a sermon to avoid plagiarism and maintain your integrity? 

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No matter what kind of preaching you are doing (expository, textual, or topical) big-picture thinking is critical.

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"How though do we answer the criticism that says it is the work of the Spirit to do the application? There is a logical fallacy of saying 'on the basis of application, I’m telling you not to do application'! That is in itself an application. Just as we EXPLAIN what the Spirit must ultimately interpret we must APPLY what the Spirit will ultimately apply."

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"Preach doxologically. Preach in such a way that drives you — and your listeners — to unbridled worship."

"To John the Baptist there was accorded the highest tribute that could ever come to a minister of the Gospel: When they had heard John, 'they followed Jesus' (John 1:37)!" Charles Koeller

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"Part of effective delivery and pastoral communication is taking a risk on behalf of the people. That's not just in the content of what you say—saying hard things when it's necessary—but not being so refined and prepared that you're not conscious of a situation or even responding to it as you're preaching." Bryan Chapell 

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"What you say is more important than how you say it, but how you say it has never been more important: Be a constant learner and seek to improve your delivery. The Word we share is too important not to say it well. And the first key to effective delivery is to be well-prepared." 
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