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June 9th, 2008

by Craig Groeschel

My Personal Preaching Journey

Prayerfully, every biblical communicator will grow in knowledge, understanding and effectiveness. This week I’ll share some of what God is teaching me about preaching.

Work Less, Pray More

It started one Monday morning when I was sitting at my desk, attempting to study, while fighting back the tears. Nothing was wrong. In fact, everything was great. My marriage was thriving. My kids were healthy. The church was strong.

But I was weak, empty, desperate, and afraid.

Those of you with the gift of teaching usually enjoy study time. Teaching is one of my lower gifts. For me, studying is grueling and exhausting work. The pressure I feel to deliver high quality messages at times feels overwhelming.

I kept thinking… I can’t keep this up. I don’t have anything left. I don’t feel funny. I don’t feel interesting. I don’t want to preach. I can’t do this for the rest of my life.

Though the tears and fear, I was still very aware that the weekend was coming quickly. And then another would come… and another… and another… and that scared me to death.

Unable to study, I simply prayed… and prayed… and prayed. I truly believe that God showed me that I was “overworking” the messages. By faith that week, I cut my preparation time in half and devoted more time to prayer.

That weekend, I preached a message that was not as creative, not as funny, and not as entertaining, but it was FULL of spiritual passion.

On my preaching journey, I am fully convinced that God wants me to pray more and work less.

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May 16th, 2008

by Bobby Gruenewald

Featured Site: WeTheChurch.org

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UPDATE2: The folks at WeTheChurch.org have added moderation and restored the site.

UPDATE:  I’ve removed the links to this site temporarily.  Unfortunately, the site was vandalized last night and I do not recommend you visit it until the creators have a chance to fix it and work on a solution to prevent it from happening again.  It’s really sad that people will abuse resources like this, but it happens.  I’ll update this post once there is a solution.

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I realize it’s not a featured blog as we normally do, but this week, a great site, WeTheChurch launched.

WeTheChurch is a twitter-like site where people can anonymously submit praises and prayer requests — keeping the 140 character limit in tact. You can also follow WtC on Twitter, and be notified when someone has submitted something new.

From the site:

WtC.org was created to unite the church in prayer.

Need prayer in your ministry?
Submit a prayer

Thankful for something?
Submit a praise.

And while you’re here why not pray for a few things on the prayer list?

It’s that simple.
Just us, the church,
praying for each other.

This ties in very well with the unity focus of One Prayer. After I found the site, I talked to one of the creators, Chad Wright. It was great to hear his passion! Scott Magdalein also did an excellent job on the technical side of the site.

I highly recommend you visit WeTheChurch, and even better, follow it on Twitter.

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