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Preaching Upward, Inward, and Outward

Our sermons should encourage our hearers to love God, love themselves, and love others.

Preaching Upward, Inward, and Outward

I have a confession: preaching freaks me out. A lot. I think when any pastor is honest with themselves about it, it freaks them out as well.

Think about it. You have a fixed amount of time to explain a text—a text that, in reality, is inexhaustible. So what do you say? What do you leave out?

This totally freaks me out every time.

But when I think about it, I realize life in general can be like that as well. Every day is your only chance to live that day. In a lot of ways, this freaks me out even more than preaching. What should you pursue each day? What do you neglect?

But Jesus, when asked to sum up all of God's Word in the Greatest Commandment, told us how to live our lives. He made it clear for us. He replied quite simply: "Love God, love yourself, and love others." (Now, that's my paraphrase of Jesus's answer, as he quoted both Deuteronomy 6:5 and Leviticus 19:18).

So in order to alleviate our fears and anxieties, Jesus asked us to live and love in three directions: ...

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Angel S

October 15, 2017  3:40pm

This book is an easy page turner that tells the message straight with a little of Daniel's down to earth humor purposely spliced in in all the right places.Through its pages I have discovered how to experience God more intimately....how to see myself more accurately through the lens of the Cross...and how to equip myself to be His hands and feet in the world. This book is a must read for any and all. Are you questioning what this whole Jesus and God thing is about? Get this book. Are you a devoted pursuer of the Word? Add this book to your must read list. Are you a lifelong Christian who feels disconnected? Get this book and let it rekindle your relationship with the one who is the source of it all. Love and learning how to love in abundance through all things in all instances and to all mankind is His message and Daniel's book captures the amazing beauty of that 4 lettered gift to humanity perfectly! Next on my list will be to invite a few friends to experience it all in a whole other

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