Five Lessons To Help You Enjoy A Lasting Marriage

By Dr. Jack Graham

My wife, Deb, and I have been married for 48 years—and we’re still best friends.

We loved each other before we got married, at just 19 and 20, when we were college students. But even after

Choosing God’s Way Over My Way

By Dr. Jack Graham

My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake

Six Truths to Give You Hope in Times of Suffering

By Jarrett Stephens

The Christian life is meant to be hard. The way of Jesus is the way of the Cross. Joining in “the fellowship of His sufferings” (Philippians 3:10, NASB) means that we will all have to spend some

When All Hell Breaks Loose

By Brandon Bowers

I once heard an old preacher say that “for a person who believes in Jesus, this life is the closest they’ll ever get to hell.”

I believe that.
And I’ve seen it, too.

I’ve seen the handprint

The Number One Reason That We Don’t Have Revival

By Dr. Jack Graham

We have recently seen some huge judicial victories for God’s people here in America, as the Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Christian business owner and of pro-life crisis pregnancy centers in California.

I applaud

How You Can Break Free From The Grip Of Grief

By Dr. Jack Graham

If you’ve ever lost a loved one, you know the aching emptiness of grief. Often the pain is beyond measure – an overwhelming and profound sadness that words can barely begin to describe.

If you’ve walked

The Mountains Are Calling: Making the Climb for a Clearer View of God and Ourselves

By Jarrett Stephens

The following text is the foreword by Dr. Jack Graham for the debut book by Prestonwood Teaching Pastor Jarrett Stephens.

The Christian life is a series of mountaintops and valleys, and the way up is not always

The One Ingredient That Matters Most

By Brian Taylor

I’ve had an idea floating around in my mind for some time. As I’ve been working with teams and churches, I’ve been drilling down on the elements of a great worship service that transcend the things that

Making Prayer a Priority

By Dr. Jack Graham

I’ve heard it said that the first 10 or 15 minutes of each day really determine how the rest of your day will go. And if you begin your day in prayer, acknowledging God as first

Defeating Discouragement

By Dr. Jack Graham

In Judah it was said, “The strength of those who bear the burdens is failing. There is too much rubble. By ourselves we will not be able to rebuild the wall.” And our enemies said, “They

Three Ways to Improve Your Team’s Self-Esteem

By Roscoe Lilly

Did you know that organizations have self-esteem? We often consider the self-esteem of others or our own self-esteem, but rarely do we think that organizations might possess one as well.

Whether it’s a group, team, division, department,

Love Leadership

By Brandon Bowers

“Leadership is influence. Nothing more, nothing less.” —John Maxwell

Every organization or team will rise and fall depending on its leadership. Think about the great companies that we have come to embrace and celebrate their success.

Apple.

Four Easter Sermons

By Dr. Jack Graham

As a pastor, preparation for an Easter sermon can be a daunting task. It is Super Bowl Sunday for the Church, and it provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life-changing message of the

True Surrender

By Dr. Jack Graham

I beseech you, or I beg you, brothers, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And do not

Trust the Process

By Brandon Bowers

Among the many clichés that get tossed around in our culture, I’m confident you’d agree that one of the most popular is the phrase “trust the process.” An up-and-coming athlete gets benched while trying to improve. A

Receiving and Utilizing Mission Teams

By Curtis Cook

If you talk with church planters about missions teams from other churches, you will often get mixed feedback. Some planters love them and are eager to use them, and others try to avoid them at all costs.

The Mighty God We Serve

By Dr. Jack Graham

The prayer in Nehemiah 9:6–38 was delivered on behalf of Israel on the occasion of their renewed commitment to God. Reading it is like taking a walk through the Old Testament. It is a review of

How to Defeat Division on Your Team

By Brian Taylor

You know what I love about kids? Whatever they do, they are ALL in. For my two at home, most days, this works out well for us. They play well together. They enjoy each other’s company, sometimes

Sunday’s Coming

By Chris Kouba

S.M. Lockridge was a prominent African-American preacher who served as the pastor of Calvary Baptist Church in San Diego, Calif., during the 1900s. He was well-known for his passionate preaching style and spoke an often-repeated phrase from

How I Decide What to Read

By Roscoe Lilly

Every year when I publish “My Top 10 Book Reads” for the year, I get lots of requests for how I pick which books to read. So I thought I would shed a little light on my

What to Do When You Receive Unwanted Sexual or Provocative Messages from Admirers

By Phil Cooke

You don’t have to be a leader for long before you start receiving unwanted e-mails, text messages, or phone calls from “admirers.” While some may be innocent, it’s difficult to tell at the start, and for the

Student Ministry Is Great Commission Ministry

By Ryan Ross

If you pay much attention to my social media page, you’ve probably noticed a theme. No, I’m not talking about the Dallas Cowboys! I share pretty regularly about reaching students with the Good News of Jesus Christ

Christmas Sermon Ideas

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Christmas is almost here, and as pastors, the weight of preparation for that Christmas sermon can sometimes be daunting. Every year Christmas provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of the

Four Stages of Church Planting Development

By Bobby Wood

Development is necessary for any profession, and church planting is no different. Who wants a heart surgeon who has never operated on a heart before or a contractor who’s never picked up a hammer? Church planters need

Christmas Songs are Freedom Songs

By Stephen Miller

It seems every department store starts pushing Christmas earlier every year. Radio stations start spinning their favorite holiday songs the moment Starbucks hangs its first holiday drink ad. It doesn’t matter that everyone south of the Mason-Dixon

Here’s My Checklist to Prevent “The Nightmare before Christmas”

By Phil Cooke

Every winter, church media producers and communication directors across the country begin a time-honored and terrifying ritual: the Church Christmas Pageant. These local, church-sponsored theatrical presentations are usually videotaped for archives or bookstore sales; and although everyone

The Accuracy of the Bible

By Dr. Jack Graham

The third testimony from Jesus’ words in Matthew 5 says this: “Therefore whoever relaxes one of the least of these commandments and teaches others to do the same will be called least in the kingdom of

The Surrender of Prayer

By Dr. Jack Graham

Nehemiah said, “I am your servant” (Nehemiah 1:4–11). We should never ask God to do something without also asking Him, “What do you want me to do?” That is what Nehemiah did. He asked God to

Success Tips to an XP – Executive Pastor

By: Kason Branch

April 23, 2003, is a day that then 13-year-old Natalie Gilbert will never forget. On that day, she was scheduled to sing the national anthem for the 2003 NBA playoff game between the Dallas Mavericks and the

Pre-Marital Counseling for the Glory of God

By: Tim Matthews

Tim Keller once said, “Both men and women today see marriage not as a way of creating character and community but as a way to reach personal life goals. They are looking for a marriage partner who

Five Ways to Overcome the Identity Crisis Every Worship Leader Faces

By Brian Taylor

Have you ever found yourself asking the question, “Who am I?” or “Why am I doing this?” Maybe it was after a discouraging Sunday morning experience. Maybe you had to have that same conversation with that same

Horizon Choir Project

By Michael Neale

Horizon. To me, just the word invokes promise, hope and new beginnings. It rings of vast and epic exploration. It awakens the adventurer inside us. It beckons us to new frontiers.

It’s where heaven meets the earth.

The Authenticity of the Bible

By Dr. Jack Graham

Not only did Jesus testify to the authority of Scripture, but also He testified to its authenticity. Jesus viewed Scripture as being verbally inspired by God. When He read the Old Testament scrolls—whether the Law,

The Journey of Generosity

By: Nick Floyd

As pastors we often feel pressured to make sure our lives are in accordance to the words that we preach on Sundays. This is a good thing; but at times, it can be overwhelming. I don’t know

The Authority of the Bible

By: Dr. Jack Graham

To the casual reader of the four gospels, it could be easy to overlook that Jesus Christ knew the Old Testament Scriptures from start to finish, and this despite not one mention of having a copy

How to Make Jesus the Hero of Every Sermon

By: Andrew Hebert

“I take my text and make a beeline to the cross.” —Charles Spurgeon

My entire approach to preaching was revolutionized about three years ago when I read Tony Merida’s short book Proclaiming Jesus: Christ-Centered Teaching and Preaching

And the Lord’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome

By Dr. John Potter

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone,
able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with
gentleness. —2 Timothy 2:24–25

We know conflict is inevitable in ministry. However, we “must

Choosing Action over Apathy

By: Dr. Jack Graham

For any organization, any business, and any church, having a clear mission is vitally important. Likewise, in order to make wise choices, we must have a clear vision of what God wants to accomplish in our

Five Steps after Making a Big Decision

By Scott Lehr

This past Sunday at Southbridge, we had an incredible day of worship. At the conclusion of the sermon, I gave an old-fashioned altar call, inviting people to come forward and kneel at the altar and do business

Write the SMARTEST Goals of your Life

By Jason Crandall

You’ve got to get serious about your goals. Achieving your goals is important. You have to write them well, otherwise a year of discouragement and disappointment is in store for you. I use the acronym S.M.A.R.T.E.S.T. to

Your Ministry Is Not a Sprint

By Stephen Miller

When I was cutting my teeth in ministry, I was full of youthful angst, longing for more opportunities to grow and serve. A local pastor approached me to lead worship for his congregation each Sunday. He didn’t

Service Trumps Authenticity

By Roscoe Lilly

You’ve probably heard someone say it’s important to be authentic to who you really are. You should be the person you were designed to be and not try to be someone else. Authenticity is the only thing

The Pastor and Funerals

By Dr. Charles Hebert

It is the privilege and responsibility of every pastor to bury people well. This subject I have been tasked with writing about once brought a level of fear and anxiety to my heart. Today, I recognize

The Needed and Under-Developed Skills of Ministers

By Jeff Young

What are the skill sets you believe are must-haves for ministers coming into their first full-time positions?

Obviously, there are matters of character that are critical for any minister, but from purely a “skill set” perspective, I

Eight Ways to Do Kingdom Ministry Better

By Bobby Wood

I really love my job. I love the fact that I get to work with church planters and pastors every day. It’s cool to see the various ministries they represent and how God has wired each one

Money, Money, Money

By Dr. Jack Graham 

“I’m working as hard as I can to get my life and my cash to run out at the same time. And if I die right after lunch on Tuesday, everything will be fine.” —Former Pro

Campaign for Purity

Pornography is ravaging the hearts and minds of men and women worldwide. Today, the accessibility to pornographic images is simply a click away. Movie channels, the Internet, and apps such as Instagram, YouTube, Snapchat and other media platforms provide unfettered …

Communication in a Multisite Church

I have been married to my wife, Hillary, for 15 years and despite the fact that we talk every day, at times we easily have issues with communication.  Either I’m not listening or she’s not sharing or we’ve both made …

A View on Choirs in Worship

It was a warm, summer Sunday evening and I, a curious seventeen year-old, snuck into the back of the house of worship as the music began.  A friend had invited me and I had no idea what I was in …

Men’s Conference 2017

Friday & Saturday, February 24–25, 2017
Prestonwood Baptist Church — Plano Campus

Make plans now to join thousands of men from across North Texas for impactful worship, engaging fellowship, and dynamic speaking at the 2017 Men’s Conference at Prestonwood. Hear …

Preaching Source

Have you ever felt that your sermon could use some assistance?  This is a tough feeling.  After all the people closest to us, family and church members, are often not in the best position to offer substantial help.  You may …

Angels Who They Are, What They Do, and Why It Matters

“Aren’t angels kind of a—fringe topic?”

I was asking the question of my publisher’s marketing team, who had come to Dallas for a brainstorming session regarding the subject of the next book I was to write. In all my …

An Immutable Truth: The Health of Marriage and Ministry Intrinsically Connected

I love my wife. For 15 years and counting, she has been my best friend, my confidant, my biggest cheerleader, and the person who I know will be honest with me about anything and everything.

I love being in ministry. …

Family Discipleship: Equipping Parents to Build the Next Generation

Parents have a unique calling placed on their lives. The moment they receive news that they will welcome that bundle of joy into the world, God calls them to serve as the primary spiritual trainers for their child (Ephesians 6:4). …

Three Father’s Day Sermons

Father’s day is around the corner and this gives us an opportunity to speak specifically to the men and to the dads about what it means to live a legacy. So many people talk about leaving a legacy, but I …

A Call to Moral Purity

As men of God, we are called to a high standard of conduct that demands far more of us, and is so much more rewarding and fulfilling, than just avoiding the so-called big sins. One concern I have for us …

Importance of Community Outreach

What is your church’s growth strategy? Do you have one? Unfortunately, for some church leaders, by default the strategy becomes “We hope we get some visitors this week.” As church leaders, in many ways, the growth of our church is …

Mother’s Day Sermons

Mother’s Day is here and Mother’s deserve to be honored. Mothers have been called from time to time the heart of the home. If the husband as the Scripture tells us is the head of the home, certainly the wife, …

The Why of Camp

It was June 14, 1990, in the middle of the Ozarks in central Missouri. I was 7 years old, attending a youth camp where my dad was leading worship. Sitting in the back row with my mom (as a true …

Preaching Sources

As a preacher, you are constantly trying to improve your craft. Your goal is to be an effective preacher and communicator in order to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel. You spend countless hours studying Scripture, developing

The Old Testament’s Perspective on Easter

All throughout Scripture you see a template of God saving, but saving out of judgment. Adam and Eve sin in the garden, and God saves them. He is actually saving them from His own judgment. You see them leaving the …

Resurrection, Promise, and Power

The Great spiritual song Were you There? Asks this question: Were you there when He rose up from the dead? That is a thought provoking question. Of course, it seems impossible. We, living 2000 years later, wish we had been …

And the Lord’s Servant Must Not Be Quarrelsome

And the Lord’s servant must not be quarrelsome but kind to everyone,
able to teach, patiently enduring evil, correcting his opponents with
gentleness. —2 Timothy 2:24–25

We know conflict is inevitable in ministry. However, we “must not be quarrelsome.” I …

Influencers Who Refuse To Be Influenced

History bears testimony to an ebb-and-flow relationship between man and God, which impacts not just the human heart, but also entire communities, churches, cities, countries, and even continents. For instance, there was a time when Europe was an utterly pagan …

Being Fit For Life: Living For What Matters Most

You may remember a time when our nation’s obsession with fitness was considered a craze, just a fad. The media even used the term fitness craze to describe what was then a new trend in terms of people’s awareness about …

Why Genre Matters in Preaching

Riding on the City of New Orleans, 
Illinois Central Monday morning rail 
Fifteen cars and fifteen restless riders, 
Three conductors and twenty-five sacks of mail. 
All along the southbound odyssey 
The train pulls out at Kankakee 
Rolls along past houses,

Lies People Believe About Managing Their Time

The Effective Executive by Peter Drucker says:

“Effective executives do not start with their tasks. They start with their time.

“Everything requires time. It is the only truly universal condition. All work takes place in time and uses up time.

Free Three-Week Evangelism Series

Churches desire to make disciples and they want people to be actively sharing their faith and interacting with unchurched people. That’s a good thing.

However, although many believers would like to be bold about witnessing for Christ, there is often

How to Handle a Crisis

One of our most valued and long time clients has been Jack Graham, pastor of  Prestonwood Baptist Church in Dallas. We work with the PowerPoint radio and television outreach hosted by Pastor Graham. Kathleen and I consider Jack and

Living Right in a World Gone Wrong

Looking to 2016, I want to give you, men and women of God, a word of encouragement for the new year. As lovers of God, you and I are expected to live black-and-white lives in a very gray world. We

Preaching the Christ at Christmas

The irony of the Christmas season is that Christ gets pushed out. That’s clear enough. It’s an observation that’s good to make to our people when we preach as we refocus their attention on the manger not the mall. But

God Gives Us Protection

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand (John 10:27–28).

The widespread terrorist attacks that …

Christmas Sermon Strategies: An Interview With Pastor Jack Graham

Pastor Jack Graham recently sat down with us to discuss the importance of preaching during the Christmas season. Watch this informative and poignant interview to hear some of Pastor Graham’s favorite ways to preach one of the most familiar and

3 Ideas For A Christmas Series

As a pastor, preparation for a Christmas sermon or series can be a daunting task. It’s prime time to share the message of Good News. Every year the Christmas season provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life …

God Gives Us Purpose

Watch, stand fast in the faith, be brave, be strong. (1 Corinthians 16:13)

The familiar Bible story of David and Goliath is taught to children and preached from pulpits on a regular basis. The young shepherd boy David is applauded

God Gives Us Perspective

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11 NIV)

The American Dream has been

Accountability in Ministry

I recently finished reading 1 & 2 Samuel and, as always, I was struck by the life of David, the young shepherd boy who became the king of Israel. The same David who wrote Psalms and who was known as

Millennials and Church Membership

Ahh, Millennials… Church leaders are trying their best to figure out how to reach this segment of the population that reached adulthood around the year 2000. Once reached, though, Millennials are still far from commitment. Many Millennials select the parts

3 Sermons On The Sanctity Of Life

With the recent release of several videos showing the horrific truth about Planned Parenthood and its practice of harvesting and selling baby parts, it is fitting that we preach on the sanctity of life. As pastors, we must protect the

The Sanctity Of Human Life

Tiny wonder, little human,
Lying still, your hands outstretched.
I wonder what you might have been,
I wonder what you might have done.
Sixteen weeks – that’ s all you lived
Until they wrenched you out of the womb
To

Shutting the Back Door: How to Retain Visitors

“We receive many visitors every week, but not many of them stay.” One struggle that many churches face is an inability to retain visitors. If this describes your church, then be encouraged, because there are steps you can take to …

Pillars of a Healthy Small Group

One of the most vital Great Commission ministries for any church is the small-group ministry. At Prestonwood we employ a “Sunday School” model we call Bible Fellowship. Our classes meet after Worship Service on Saturdays and before Worship Services on …

SCOTUS Decision on Gay Marriage

This past week, the family once again came under attack in America. This is an old fight dating back to the Garden of Eden when Satan seduced the first family with lies and deception. The same lies are in play

Four Father’s Day Sermons

If revival is to come to the church, and if the Good News of Jesus Christ is to spread to the nations, it will be because men became godly and began living their faith with passion and integrity. I firmly …

Every Man’s Battle, And How to Win

It has been my experience through four decades in pastoral ministry that every church is only as strong as its men – as strong as their faith, their ingenuity, their confidence, their resolve, their commitment to walking in the ways …

Finding Meaning In Your Evening

Isn’t it interesting how our routine is perfectly designed to get the results we are currently getting? If we don’t like the results, we simply need to change our routines. We already have a routine in these areas and a …

2015 National Day of Prayer

The 64th annual National Day of Prayer, May 7, 2015, will have profound significance for our country.  It is an unprecedented opportunity to see the Lord’s healing and renewing power made manifest as we call on citizens to humbly come …

What I Believe About Preaching

Many things have changed since I became a preacher. The one thing that hasn’t changed is my commitment to boldly proclaim the powerful, life-changing news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. I am convinced that there is no greater time …

Leaving An Inheritance

Whenever my mother makes a significant purchase, one of her children jokes, “There goes our inheritance!”

Although stated in jest, in many families, the subject of inheritance is a big issue. Some children think their parents owe them something. Many …

4 Key Characteristics Of A Disciple

We are commanded to “make disciples.” Have you ever wondered what exactly is a disciple? We can’t know if we have made someone a disciple, if we don’t know what a disciple is.

Very simply the term disciple means a …

Epic Easter

Easter is when we celebrate the greatest comeback in history. It’s the greatest story ever told. It’s an epic day! Why? Because Jesus conquered death for us and we celebrate the miraculous event of His Resurrection! He is risen! He …

The Most Misunderstood Role In Ministry: The Executive Pastor

After decades working with churches around the world, I’ve discovered one of the most difficult challenges pastors face is finding the right “Executive Pastor.”  Smaller churches don’t usually need one, but as churches grow, a leader in that role becomes …

10 Suggestions On How To Recruit And Retain Volunteers

It doesn’t take long in any ministry to realize that you can’t do everything yourself. It’s impossible. The key to success in ministry then is recruiting leaders and volunteers. But the recruitment phase is just step one. More important than …

Benefits of the Planter-Partner Relationship

One of the key strategies to Planter-Partner relationships that the Prestonwood Network strives to build is to have partner churches come alongside church planters and offer support. Partner churches do not have the singular role of providing financial support but …

Lessons Learned Through Church Planting: Part 1

Since we began our church plant three years ago, I have kept a running list of things I’ve learned throughout the process. I keep this in my notes in my iPhone and just add to it as things come up.…

NAMB-Prestonwood Network: Student Missionary Internship

Through our partnership with the North American Mission Board, the Prestonwood Student Ministry has given our high school and college students the opportunity to not only serve here at home, but also to serve nationwide as summer missionary interns with …

Church Planting: A Layman’s Perspective

I will be the first to admit—I am far from an expert on church planting and the role that laypeople can play in that mission, which is perhaps not the best way to start an article on the subject. That …

Leading Lost Volunteers

One of the greatest challenges that a church planter faces is the ability to recruit and train volunteers that can effectively carry out the mission of making disciples. Because this is the role of the local church as mandated by …

Seven Easter Sermons

As a pastor, preparation for an Easter sermon can be a daunting task. It’s an epic Sunday and every year provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of the Gospel, than any other Sunday. Pastors …