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Neuroplasticity on the Damascus Road
Acts 9:1-6 (7-20)
Neuroplasticity on the Damascus Road

The adult human brain has approximately 100 billion neurons. These cells can be regenerated and reprogrammed in a way that resembles the flexibility of plastic. On the Damascus road, the apostle Paul had a plasticity event that changed his life and changed the world. 

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The Hefted Shepherd
John 21:1-19
The Hefted Shepherd

English shepherds use the word “hefting” to describe the way in which a flock of sheep has become accustomed and acclimated to a particular patch of land. Shepherds can also be “hefted” in this way, their lives and fortunes tied to a particular place and a particular flock that they love.

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Handcrafted Christians
Acts 9:36-43
Handcrafted Christians

People today seem to love handmade items. Many will pay extra for a small purse made out of yak hair from Tibet, a didgeridoo made by an indigenous Australian or handcrafted cabinets for the kitchen. Perhaps valued even more than a handmade teakwood jewelry box from Thailand is a personal act of kindness.

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What the Sheep See
John 10:22-30
What the Sheep See

In his book, What the Dog Saw, Malcolm Gladwell profiles the dog whisperer Cesar Millan. What emerges in Gladwell’s study is that Millan has the ability to perceive what the dog sees when it sees its owner or provider. So what do the sheep see when they see the shepherd?

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Heaven on Earth
Revelation 21:1-6a
Heaven on Earth

We need not wait to go to heaven; it’s possible that heaven will come to us.

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You’re the One with the Bleed Kit
Acts 16:9-15
You’re the One with the Bleed Kit

In some emergencies, a first responder may be a child. Following the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School, leaders developed a program called “Stop the Bleed,” which teaches civilians — including kids — how to administer first aid after a shooting. The program even supplies “bleed kits.”

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No Sun, No Moon, No Night
Revelation 21:10, 22–22:5
No Sun, No Moon, No Night

China is planning to upgrade the moon. It plans to launch a fake moon or even several fake moons over the city of Chengdu so that the light from these spheres can help illuminate the city after dark. The writer of Revelation tells us about a similar city — one that has no sun, no moon and no night!

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Disruptive Information
Acts 16:16-34
Disruptive Information

Democracy disrupted monarchy, the automobile disrupted horse breeders, email disrupted the Postal Service and personal computers put typewriter companies out of business. When Paul and Silas arrived in Philippi, they had information that turned the town upside down.

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God Talk
Romans 8:14-17
God Talk

Some cultural observers are saying that it’s getting more difficult to talk about God. Perhaps this is because politics and religion have become entangled in ways that make one’s faith an uncomfortable topic of discussion for fear of causing offense. One way to talk about God is to talk about values, not dogma.

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Real Peace
Romans 5:1-5
Real Peace

Most people want peace of mind. But what does this mean? Financial freedom, solitude and tranquility? A walk on an ocean beach? A campfire by a mountain lake? A good book on a rainy afternoon? Check out what the Bible says in today’s epistle reading.

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Homiletics Online has over 15 years' worth of weekly installments pulled from the preaching journal. Each sermonic installment online is comprised of the following categories:

  • Bringing the Text to Life >> Cutting-edge material designed to spark your creativity and help you write your sermon
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  • PowerPoint Presentations >> Linked to related articles, providing virtually everything you need to prepare compelling sermons, week after week
  • Animating Illustrations >> Insights, anecdotes, quotations and references to current events that dovetail with the sermon material or your preaching point
  • Children's Sermons >> Simple stories help you reach the smallest members of your congregation
  • Worship Resources >> Calls to worship, prayers, responsive readings and hymns relating to the Scripture theme that help create a worship experience that ties in seamlessly with your sermon
  • Preaching Column >> Ideas to help your preaching throughout the church year
  • Participation Pointers >> Will help you make your worship experience interactive and meaningful

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