Preaching Mother’s Day

By Dr. Jack Graham

Mother’s Day is a special time to honor and celebrate mothers and their sacrifices to raise godly children. As you prepare to highlight mothers this weekend, remember that the greatest blessing that you can give mothers …

Ten Ways to Pray for our High School Graduates

By Dr. Jack Graham

It’s graduation season in America. Did you know that in the next few weeks, an estimated 3.6 million high school students will walk across the stage to collect their diplomas? It’s a time of celebration, but …

Our Focus Determines Our Finish

By Jarrett Stephens

All of us want to finish strong. All of us desire to finish well. I’ve not met one person who has ever said, “You know what, I want to live for Jesus all my life and then …

Spotlight Interview with Keith Baldridge

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Can you share with us how God led you and your family to plant a church in the Denver area?

Keith Baldridge: A few years ago my wife and I began praying relentlessly for

Using Theology to Answer Societal Questions

By Canaan Chapman

Those who are spiritually-minded must ask themselves at some point, “What does this mean for me?” You can’t open God’s Word, spend time studying it, or listen to a sermon and leave with no convictions. Hebrews 4:12 …

Preaching Easter

By Dr. Jack Graham

Easter is almost here. We know that sermon preparation especially for Easter can be challenging physically, mentally, and even spiritually. Thus, we want to provide several sermons from Dr Graham to resource you and to aid …

The Hope of Easter

By Dr. Jack Graham

After the soul-warming reconciliation with Peter, the proof-of-life presentation to Thomas, and the amazing encounter with the disheartened followers on the Road to Emmaus, it was time for Jesus to return to His rightful place at …

Closing Easter’s Back Door

By Jeff Young

Think about it … you do a lot to prepare for Easter Weekend: the extra time in prayer, creatively designing a Worship Service, ensuring that your childcare, first impressions, media and communication teams are on track— when …

Introducing Breath & Clay from The Prestonwood Choir

by Brian Taylor

From the beginning, you and I have been precious to God. Genesis 2:7 says, “… the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and …

Reaching Your Community This Easter

By Keith Baldridge

Typically, Easter Sunday is not a day we would normally associate with a major outreach event. I say this because for most of my life, Easter has been all about wearing the newest spring clothes, attending church …

Spotlight Interview: Josh Carter

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: How did God lead you and your family to Portland, Ore., to plant Remedy City Church?

Josh Carter: God led our family to Portland almost four and a half years ago to join His

Words Display Who We Are

By Dr. Jack Graham

Our words reveal the true character and the spiritual maturity of our life.

Jesus said, “Out of the overflow of the heart the mouth speaks” (Luke 6:45). Further, Jesus said in Matthew 15:17, “…

It’s All His

By Ron Kelley

Many believe that money and our faith—even the mere discussion of them—are two things that do not mix well. The perception is that money leads the believer to spiritual destruction. As with any subject matter, we must …

Just Say What the Bible Says

By Nick Floyd

Every pastor deals with a certain reality every single week. I’ve heard it referenced as the “relentless return of Sunday.” You preach your heart out, pour yourself empty, and exhaust yourself physically and emotionally only to wake …

Spotlight Interview with Jeff Belcher

Prestonwood Network: How did God call you and your family to the Baltimore area to plant Church of the Harbor?

Jeff Belcher: I began leading worship while I was in college, and ended up serving as worship pastor at a

Accountability with your Time

By Heiden Ratner

When it comes to church planting, the old saying is true, “Time is of the essence.” One thing a person can never get back is his or her time. Every second, minute and hour is a gift …

Strengths In Times Of Weakness

By Dr. Jack Graham

Trust in him at all times, O people; pour out your heart before him; God is a refuge for us (Psalm 62:8).

It is often in the very toughest of times and trials that God brings …

Intentionally Dating Your Spouse

By Shawn Callander

Take a moment to reflect on when you and your spouse first started dating. Those were exciting days, weren’t they? Most likely as you began to date, every Friday or Saturday was filled with a new adventure …

Spotlight Interview: Rob Wilton

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Share with us about your time at Vintage Church in New Orleans and God’s call to plant a church in Pittsburg.

Rob Wilton: In 2008, we launched Vintage Church in my home. God was

Choosing The Best Curriculum

By Matt Mullins

In a market overflowing with adult small-group curriculum options, how do you make your choice? Let’s consider three ideas that might help hone your curriculum search.

Good questions build healthy small groups.

Virtues Make The Best Valentines

By Dr. David McKinley

Valentine’s Day is near, and the scramble is on for flowers, gifts, cards and, of course, chocolates. Charles Shultz once said, “All you need is love, but a little chocolate now and then never hurts.” Can …

The Cure for Conflict

By Dr. Jack Graham

James, ever pragmatic, ever personal, speaks to us in chapter 4 of his book about a problem we all face. It’s the problem of conflicts and how to resolve them.

Some of us remember the fears …

Coming to Life

By Jarrett Stephens

It’s been said that “man can live 40 days without food, about three days without water and four minutes without air. But we cannot live for four seconds without hope.” Ezekiel is a passage all about hope. …

Spotlight Interview: Steven Lee

By Prestonwood Network Staff

Prestonwood Network: Share with us about your call to ministry and to church planting.

Steven Lee: God graciously saved me in the 10th grade and gave me a passion to share with everyone who I

Four Lessons As A New Pastor

By Brad Lewter

I am not at all an expert on the pastorate. I have been in full-time vocational ministry for 18 years and have been a lead pastor for five of those. I write this knowing that I have …

Your Words Matter When You Preach

By Michael Criner

It could go without saying, but your words matter when you preach … but not only when you preach. They matter when you speak with your spouse, they matter when you talk with your staff, leadership team, …

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.…

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.…

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.…

The Mountains Are Calling

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.…

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.…

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 Dr. Jack Graham

Christmas is just around the corner, and as pastors, the weight of preparation for that Christmas sermon can seem overwhelming. Every year Christmas provides the opportunity to reach more people with the life changing message of …

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 …

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