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Three Resources to Help You Create and Give Better Talks

Public speaking is often listed as one of people’s greatest fears. Whether you give talks on a regular basis or have to occasionally make a presentation I think you’ll find these resources very helpful:

  • Something to Say by Rob Bell
    This is 7 hours and 45 minutes of Rob’s best teaching on how to communicate. Note: I’ve already listened to it twice (full of so much good stuff).
  • Poets/Prophets/Preachers by Rob Bell
    This is a five part film series devoted to reclaiming the ancient, beautiful, provocative, healing, inspired art form known as the sermon. These five live talks explore the theological, conceptual, practical and personal dimensions involved in giving a talk, sermon, message, or teaching. Note: I actually attended this event back in 2009, I believe, when it took place in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
  • TED Talks: The Official TED Guide to Public Speaking by Chris Anderson
    For anyone who has ever been inspired by a TED Talk… this is an insider’s guide to creating talks that are unforgettable.

Erich’s notes: Rob Bell is one of my favorite communicators (he’s so talented and always has something significant to say). I think you’ll love both of his resources. I haven’t read the TED Talks book yet but based on some reviews I’ve seen I think you’ll find it to be a great resource too.

Your turn… What are some other resources you’ve found helpful in this area?


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Three Sermon Series You’ll Enjoy

I think you’ll enjoy these messages by 3 guys I listen to on a regular basis:

Your turn… What are some other series we should check out?

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Three Amazing Things About Grace via @PsRobertMorris


Robert Morris began a new series at Gateway Church this past weekend called Amazing Grace. His definition highlights 3 amazing things… Grace is the unmerited, undeserved, unearned kindness and favor of God:

  • Unmerited
    “Ephesians 2:8–9 says we are saved by grace through faith. Grace is the unmerited gift of God, so none of us should boast.”
  • Undeserved
    “Romans 3:24 explains that we are justified freely by grace through redemption in Christ Jesus. The Father provided the benefit of grace, which we can receive through Jesus.”
  • Unearned
    “Grace is a free gift. Works are earned. According to Romans 11:6, we can’t earn grace. Jesus dying for our sins is grace. It divinely enables us to have a life of righteousness in Christ.”

Your turn… Take a listen to this message and share your thoughts about grace here?

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Three Messages on the Holy Spirit via @RickAtchley Part 2

Every time Rick Atchley finishes a series I think, “That was his best one yet!” But then he starts another one that is just as good if not better. Here are the last 3 messages in his series focusing on the Holy Spirit:


Erich’s note: make sure you download the Discussion Questions to extend the impact of each message.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on this series so far?

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Three Messages Focusing on the Root Cause via @PsRobertMorris

Make sure you watch this series by Robert Morris (one of his best):


Erich’s note: make sure you click on the Sermon Notes and Discussion Guide for each lesson to better extend the impact of the message.

Your turn… What thoughts do you have about these 3 messages?

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Three Sermon Series You Should Watch

Here are 3 sermon series you should bookmark to watch later:


“When we compare our unfiltered lives to a world cropped and edited where everything is perfect, we’re left with thoughts of misery and frustration. The struggle to know who we are in the world without compromising who we are in Christ is a battle as old as mankind – but so is God’s answer for finding peace. In this series, we’ll discover how finding our identity in Christ can save us from the greatest obstacle standing in our way – us.”

The Counselor

“If you could ask God one thing, what would it be? Our questions reveal more about our faith than our curiosities. When Jesus asks the questions, He sheds light on who we really are and what we truly believe. Find out how His questions reveal our hearts in The Counselor.”


“Every battle begins with hunger. Whether it’s wealth, power or freedom, we’re all hungry for something.  And it’s our hunger that drives us — it’s the light that gets us through and the whole point of why we fight. Right now, you’re in a battle — it could be a battle for your marriage, your children, your purity or your finances. Whatever it may be, you’ve got the hunger and now you’re standing in the battle and faced with a choice: run or stand and fight? What are you hungry for? Are you willing to fight for it?”

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On Easter Weekend, Rick Atchley at The Hills Church, began a 6 week series called The Point of Impact. You can watch the messages and find resources to extend the impact of each message (daily devotionals and discussion questions) by visiting this page. Week 2 focuses on The Impact of Mercy by looking at the encounter Matthew had with Jesus in Matthew 9:9-13. This lesson highlights 3 things MERCY IMPACTS:

  • The way we hear scripture.

You are reading the Bible wrong anytime you come up with an interpretation that writes some people out of the story. Do not miss the significance of Jesus challenging religious leaders to go reread their Bibles. It is possible to be an expert in scripture and a dunce in the Word.

  • The way we see people.

We tend to view people based more on how we are different rather than how we are alike. Mercy calls us to realize “there is no difference” because nobody is that good; we are all sick and in need of mercy. So, don’t get offended by hypocrites at church, because sick people are supposed to be in a hospital. If there are no sinners in our church we need to shut the thing down. Be careful of being critical of the critical because “everyone needs compassion, a love that’s never failing.”  We need mercy too.

  • The way we follow Jesus.

Not everyone will like being like Christ. But when you’ve been impacted by mercy you change whether others like it or not. We read this story and ask, “What did Jesus see in Matthew?” We should also ask, “What did Matthew see in Jesus?” Matthew saw someone who understood “despised and rejected.” He saw someone that cared more about the future than the past. He saw someone who was willing to be the solution instead of gripe about the problem. A man like that is worth following.

Erich’s note: you can find the Daily Devotionals and Discussion Questions for this lesson here, The Impact of Mercy.

Your turn… What impact has mercy had on your life?

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Three Series by Perry Noble

Perry Noble, founding Pastor of NewSpring Church, is one of my favorite communicators. I believe you would enjoy watching these 3 series:

From interracial dating and marriage to whether or not you can lose your salvation, this eight-week series answered the most asked questions of our church.

What does it mean to be a man? Do you get to call the shots? Do what you want? Be the master of your own domain? Or is there more to masculinity? What about finding and caring for your wife? Leading your family? Pointing them to God? Providing for them and being a real leader? Are you up for the challenge?

The average life expectancy in America is 78 years old. That’s 28,470 days, give or take a leap year. The book of James in the Bible asks, “What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.” We’re all ultimately limited by time. So what are you doing with your days? How do you spend them? What do you fill your time with? God has given you a life to live for His glory and your good. Your life is too short to wander, to be filled with regret, or to pass by opportunities He puts in front of you. Don’t let it slip away. Don’t waste your life.

Your turn… What are your thoughts on these series and/or what are some other Perry Noble series you’d recommend?

PS: His latest book, Overwhelmed, will be available on April 1. You can learn more about it here: Overwhelmed.

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Three Series by Andy Stanley

Andy Stanley and North Point Community Church put out some great resources aimed at leading people into a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. Here are 3 series I think you’ll enjoy (make sure you click on the resources provided for each lesson — great for personal growth and/or small groups):

  • Life Apps by Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson

“There are various apps available for download with categories ranging from weather and traffic to addicting games and networking tools. With such a huge selection to choose from, countless apps are downloaded, but only a few are used. When it comes to our lives, the Bible gives us many applications to live by, but the change happens as we apply them. In this 6-week series, Andy Stanley and Jeff Henderson identify five life applications worth living by.”

“We throw the “grow” word around a good bit. Specifically, we talk about a growing relationship with Jesus Christ. But what exactly does that mean? What exactly is growing?  We believe there are five primary things God uses to grow our faith. These five things are not listed anywhere in the Bible. We discovered them by observing how God works in the lives of believers – and even unbelievers. We are not proposing that these are the only leverage points God uses. But every time we hear someone recount his or her faith journey, at least one of these five dynamics is part of the story.”

“Everything has a beginning. Every person, every idea, every journey starts somewhere. Whether it’s one small step in a new direction or a major event, from that point forward nothing is ever the same. It’s not always comfortable. It’s not always easy. But it’s a start.”

Your turn… What are some other series by Andy Stanley you’ve enjoyed?

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Three Sermon Series You Should Listen to or Watch

Here are 3 sermon series I’ve been listening to lately that I think you would enjoy:

What if there was a way to keep all your New Year’s resolutions? What if you didn’t have to wave the white flag of surrender to the giants in your life? If you’re tired of losing the same battles over and over again, our series Sticks and Stones will teach you five secrets to make your resolutions more than words.

Major resolutions and huge goals. We want big change and we want it now. But maybe taking life in a new direction has a lot more to do with the little things. Let’s learn how to embrace intentionality in Small Things, Big Difference.

This series focuses on the importance of God’s Word in our lives. Make sure you check out the 31 day devotional that goes along with the series, Gateway Devotions: It Is Written.

Your turn… What are some sermon series you’ve found helpful lately?


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