19Jun 2017

“Then I will rejoice in the Lord; I will delight in His deliverance.” Psalm 35:9 In this Psalm of David, he recognized the Lord’s salvation for his life and rested in the reassurance that God would deliver him from the enemies who rejoiced at his failures and scoffed at him. I cannot relate to bearing […]

16Jun 2017

When teaching week after week it’s possible to lose a sense of direction when it comes to our preaching, the Gospel and moving the church in a clear and intentional path from the pulpit. Step back and try this exercise to get a little perspective: If this Sunday were the last sermon you ever preached, […]

16Jun 2017

“The righteous lead blameless lives; blessed are their children after them.” Proverbs 20:7 There are certain kinds of people that we need to teach our kids to handle with extreme caution. Solomon describes these people as “fools.” There are three Hebrew words used for the term, “fool.” One term refers to a hardheaded person who thinks […]

15Jun 2017

“Do not say, ‘I’ll pay you back for this wrong!’ Wait for the Lord, and He will avenge you.” Proverbs 20:22 There is one thing that has been true of every human being who has lived long enough on this earth and that is everyone makes enemies. If you have convictions that you believe in, and […]

14Jun 2017

Here are ten books Dr. Merritt recommends every Pastor read: Systematic Theology by Wayne Grudem He Is Not Silent by R. Albert Mohler, Jr. Knowing God by J. I. Packer The Gospel According To Jesus by John MacArthur Good To Great by Jim Collins God, Revelation And Authority by Carl F. H. Henry The Cross […]

14Jun 2017

“The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray.” Proverbs 12:26 Psychologists once asked a group of college students to jot down the initials of people they disliked. Some of the students could only think of one person. Other students listed as many as fifteen. What is interesting is the […]

13Jun 2017

“Walk with the wise and become wise, for a companion of fools suffers harm.” Proverbs 13:20 John D. Rockefeller was the first billionaire in the history of the world. At one time, the company he started, the Standard Oil Company, controlled and marketed 90% of the oil produced in America. If you ever see an Exxon, […]

12Jun 2017

From blockbuster movies to Broadway plays, most presentations come down to three “acts”. Act 1 is the introduction. Where did this come from? You can probably thank Aristotle who put forth the idea that “A whole is what has a beginning, middle and end”. Now the drama people will clearly tell you that a dramatic […]

12Jun 2017

“One who has unreliable friends soon comes to ruin, but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.” Proverbs 18:24  Toward the end of the 20th Century a change took place in our culture both collectively and individually. We left the individualistic, “It’s all about me,” mindset of the late 20th Century and entered […]

10Jun 2017

A confession to begin this article: I am not a pastor. I have worked for some excellent ones, and I have observed many, many more over the years. In communications roles in churches I have spoken with scores of pastors and other church leaders to help them solve interesting communications issues. I think pastors are […]