Preaching from the heart

A few months ago,  I did something that I had thought about doing in the past, but never got around to doing until recently.  I threw away all of my past sermon notes and deleted all the sermons that I have preached in the past 9 1/2 years.    I had accumulated a lot of sermon notes on many different topics.  Prior to deleting them, I could retrieve any notes on a previous sermon. All the scriptures and quotes would be beautifully laid out.   Like most things, the first time God places a sermon upon your heart, He provides inspiration and zeal for the subject.  You can not wait to preach. The sermon has spirit because it is fresh, inspired and timely.   You have labored through prayer and studying and God honored your sacrifice.  You might preach that same subject again and read the same quotes and scriptures and it just seems cold and lifeless.  Why?  There are many factors, but one factor may be that we did not approach God through prayer and studying. We just grabbed sermon notes that we had used before, thinking that it would yield the same results, as it did the first time it was ministered.  The difference is the first time we sought God, we studied His Word and yearned to find His will for that particular service.  With the Bible and over 1100 sermons by the Prophet at our disposable, putting a sermon together is not that difficult.  Finding the mind of God, for that particular service takes prayer.   As an evangelist, my desire is to preach from my heart and not from my head so that lives may truly be transformed through the Spirit of God.  Brother William Branham said it best,  "I want to preach as if this was the last sermon I'd ever preach in my life. I want to preach, every sermon I preach, as if I was a dying man preaching to dying men."


Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life.   – 2 Corinthians 3:6 


evmichaelMichael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area   and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.

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  1. April 12, 2014 @ 2:19 pm Frank Prater

    Bro. Michael,

       I remember reading recently in a daily devotational on prayer how an effective sermon is given by the  man who spends hours in prayer, and not so much as the man who spends hours in study.     

       I must agree with you that the first time a sermon is spoke it is fresh, powerful, and inspriational. Whereas the second time it may not be so. 

       I have sermon notes on paper outlines which I have carried with me for nearly forty (40) years. Imagine, for all this time, most of which has been two, and three times of preaching  per week.  Please join with me in prayer that I could have the courage to toss them, as you said you did. However, I must tell you there are many, many good memories in these notes, and for the most part, when I look at the notes, I can recall the day it was delievered. With that recall comes the rememberance of what type of spirit was in the service for that particular sermon.

       For instance, do you remember the first time I spoke at Eagle Christian Church? I do not recall the date, but it was on the first Saturday Fellowship meeting we had there. So, it would have been in the early 1990's. Not knowing at that time that the church building had been used for a hospital for Eagles' we found it interesting that I spoke on the recovering of Eagle's.

       The sermon may not have been very much, but the fellowship was tremendous. Thank God for the many years of Christian fellowship since those days.

       May God bless each of you.


    Bro. Frank Prater


    • April 14, 2014 @ 7:51 am Eagle's View

      Bro. Prater,

      Thank you for the comment.  I do remember the wonderful times of fellowship that we had in the early 90’s.    As a teenager, I looked forward to the monthly fellowship meetings. We always had wonderful services and fellowship. They are memories that I cherish. 

      Totally agree with how certain sermon notes can  hold such precious memories.  When throwing them away, I kept a few of them out that held fond memories and gave them to my son.  

      May you have a wonderful day. God bless!




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