Today's Word for Pastors...
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Preaching Someone Else's Sermons
At one pastors conference I attended, the issue of preaching someone else's sermon came to the forefront. One speaker openly stated that "he would preach better sermons, when someone wrote better sermons." At this same conference, another speaker gave an inspiring message that seemed to stir all in attendance. However, the problem was that I heard the very same message on Christian radio several months before by another well-known speaker.
The availability of these resources (Preaching Plagiarism) poses several questions that must be answered by those who minister in word to God's people. "Is it right to use someone else's sermon and pass it off as your own?" "Is it fair to the congregation?"
(To read the entire article "Preaching Someone Else's Sermons" by George R. Cannon, Jr. at Preaching.com, click here)
A missionary came up with a great strategy to share the gospel. He would go to a village, sit with the people around the fire and ask, "What has your god done for you?" He would listen as the people would tell him about their god. On another night, he would come again and ask, "What has your god done for you?" By the third night, they would extend the courtesy to him and ask, "What has your god done for you." This gave him the opportunity to talk about all that God has done for us. The gospel is not so much about what we have done for God, but what God has done for us.
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