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“BARAK – kneeling in surrender”

Another Hebrew word for praise – BARAK. What does it mean to focus on God as we worship? This word helps us do so with thanksgiving. Please leave a comment and pass this on… God bless, Malcolm

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“How to yield to God with joy”, Psalm 100

Have you ever seen two drivers coming at a junction from a different direction and each refusing to yield to the other? Perhaps you have been one of those drivers. I’m sure I have! Not a pretty sight. And no one gets anywhere. Yielding does not have a good image in contemporary society. It is […]

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“Two tips for first-time preachers”

In some ways there’s no significant difference between your first sermon and your thousandth. However, we all have to start somewhere.  An entire book could be written on this topic. But, I will focus on presentation issues rather than preparation. Practice. Rehearse your first sentence and your conclusion. Starting clearly and confidently will help you […]

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“A Song, A Scripture, A Violin”

We’re trying something with the song, “Above All”. Will it come off? Please leave a comment, and pass the link on …. God bless, Malcolm

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“The Spiritual Benefits of Slow Singing”

Try singing, “Happy birthday to you…” really slowly. Feels weird, doesn’t it? Most songs have a narrow range of speeds within which they can be sung and still make sense. But is there a case for singing ridiculously slowly?     I’ve made it a habitual practice to sing hymns or choruses as part of […]

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“Three-word slogans”

I’ve been frustrated with my own difficulty in summarising the speaking parts of the service. More words can make things more unclear. How would you summarise these parts of the service in three words? * Welcome * Prayer * Communion * HOPE talk * Sermon * Close Do you have a question about teaching the […]

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“TOWDAH and a song of Hope”

Here’s a Hebrew word for praise and a song of hope. References to the Hebrew word, ‘TOWDAH’ Lev 7:12–13, 15; 22:29; Josh 7:19; 2 Chr 29:31; 33:16; Ezra 10:11; Neh 12:27, 31, 38, 40; Psa 26:7; 42:4; 50:14, 23; 56:12; 69:30; 95:2; 100:0, 4; 107:22; 116:17; 147:7; Is 51:3; Jer 17:26; 30:19; 33:11; Amos 4:5; Jonah 2:9 Please leave a comment so that we can all learn from one […]

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“How To Be Humble, Hungry and Smart – Part 3”

These last two weeks we’ve been looking at which might be the most essential spiritual qualities for a disciple. My suggestions are these: humble, hungry and smart.   The reason these are on my mind is because of this book, “The ideal team player: how to recognise and cultivate the three essential virtues” by Patrick […]

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“How to Find Your Sermon Structure”

How do we discover the structure for a sermon? One that already exists within the passage? I revise and demonstrate a technique I first developed in 2013 using Acts chapter 1. Please leave a comment. We learn best when we learn in community. Pass the link on to one other person. God bless, Malcolm

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“How the Spirit Prepared the Church to Act”, Acts 1

The Spirit prepared the church for the actions he had in mind. How did he do this? We look at Acts chapter 1 and discover insights about needs, power and decision-making. Please leave a comment or question below. We learn best when we learn in community. God bless, Malcolm