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Monthly Archives: May 2015

Colossians 4:2-18 – The Parable of Connections – The Gospel According to Smartphones 8

The Gospel According to Smartphones 8

I apologize for the slight audio issues.

The Parable of Connections

Sermon Text – Colossians 4:2-18

Topic – Unity, Equip Others, Ministry, Working Together

Shepherd’s Fight Sheep Wander – A Preacher’s Position on Andy Stanley’s Preaching Interview

Recently Pastor Andy Stanley was interviewed by Ed Stetzer.  They discussed preaching and Pastor Stanley’s views on preaching.  I was quite interested.  I enjoy listening to or reading good preachers talking about how they preach because, to the delight and possible surprise of my congregation, I am trying to become a better preacher.  You can find his interview and comments here.  Then, pastor Stanley says something that made me fall out of my chair.

“Guys that preach verse-by-verse through books of the Bible– that is just cheating. It’s cheating because that would be easy, first of all. That isn’t how you grow people. No one in the Scripture modeled that. There’s not one example of that.
All Scripture is equally inspired, but not all Scripture is equally applicable or relevant to every stage of life. My challenge is to read culture and to read an audience and ask: What is the felt need? Or perhaps what is more important, what is an unfelt need they need to feel that I can address? Because if they don’t feel it, then they won’t address it.”  Pastor Andy Stanley

I want to take a minute and address this comment, but before I do, let me state that I have respect for pastor Stanely. I think he is an excellent communicator, which is why I was excited to hear him discuss preaching. I hope that you do not take my comments on this one interview as my opinion of pastor Stanley’s ministry because even though I disagree strongly with the above statement, I respect pastor Stanley and his ministry. I do, however, preach verse by verse in my sermon series, and I take offense to these comments.

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2015 Associational Mission Emphasis Week – May 17th-23rd 2015 – Dr. Wade Lott

Dr. Wade Lott, Associational Missionary of the Tugalo Association, shares information on the upcoming Associational Mission Emphasis Week.

Associational Missions Emphasis from Wade Lott on Vimeo.

We give 4% of our offerings to support the Tugalo Association. The association is involved in great ministries from training local churches and pastors, which includes our church and your pastor, Merge that work to uplift low income families and non-profit ministries, church planting, prayer, pulpit supply, worship help, and so much more.

This video discusses Associational Mission Emphasis week May 17-23rd, 2015. I hope the association isn’t something you only support by giving to our offering. I hope you will take this week, specially lift up Brother Wade, Ms. Teresa, the 43 churches, pastors, and support staff of the Tugalo Association.

Learn more at Our association. .

Preacher Jes

Radio Show 23: The Gospel According to…Jesus

Radio Show Episode 23 for WNEG 630 AM Toccoa Georgia.

Devotion: John 4, Luke 19:1-10 Jesus’ Nature, Compassion, Love, Kindness

Music: Kenneth Whitworth

Tune in each week to hear us live at 8:15 am on WNEG 630.

Matthew 5:6 – The Parable of the Quick Fix – The Gospel According to Opposites 4

The Gospel According to Opposites 4

The Parable of the Quick Fix

Sermon Text – Matthew 5:6

Topic – Beatitudes, Blessing, Happiness, Joy, Hunger and Thirst for Righteousness

The Parable of Tee Ball

My youngest daughter just finished her tee ball season. Let me tell you I love tee ball. Is there anything as entertaining as a bunch of four and five year olds running around like chickens with their heads cut off on the diamond? I think not. When the most common coach corrections are “don’t play in the dirt” and “NO, NO, run to that base, THAT base!” you are in for some grade A entertainment.

One of my favorite moments in tee ball is when a team is playing defense. The ball is hit, and everyone on defense, and I mean everyone, except for the one playing in the dirt, regardless of position chase after the ball. Each player abandons their base, their position, their place, to get that ball. It is nothing for three or four or the entire team to pounce on the ball, the field, and each other trying to get that ball. It reminds me of the old Bugs Bunny cartoon, where the dogs yell, “dog pile on the rabbit” as every dog pounces on Bugs trying to catch him.

Once the pile of tee ballers is formed, they wrestle and fight to be the one that emerges from the pile with the ball. The one that gets the ball stands and holds the ball high for everyone to see showing that he or she was the fastest glove on the team for that play. Continue reading