Musings on Spiritual Matters

by Matthew Morine

“The Five Finger Exercise”

| August 18, 2014

The plan of salvation is a widely used term within the churches of Christ.  The modern expression of the “five finger exercise” goes like this: Hear, Believe, Confession, Repent, and be Baptized.  Here is a little history of this practice. First Generation (1804-1866) The original “five-finger exercise” was devised by Walter Scott.  The five steps [...]

The three secrets of a great introduction

| August 15, 2014

In developing some material on preaching to Non-Believers, here is some of the material I plan on presenting.  The art of preaching is something close to my heart.  I will be preaching at Heritage Christian. Relevance.  You start the sermon talking about the issue that you will be dealing with.  We are talking today about [...]

Review of “Now, Discover Your Strengths”

| August 13, 2014

This book is a follow up on the title, “Now, Break All the Rules.”  It was a book about being a good manager, and the major purpose was to talk about strength focused management style.  This was in contrast to the style of focusing on your weaknesses, and hoping for improvement.  The strength based style [...]

Preaching to Non-Christians–Preview of a Lectureship Presentation

| August 12, 2014

Jesus never preached to Non-Christians.  You cannot go to a certain text or section of the Bible to learn how to preach to non-Christians from the examples of Christ.  His teaching was predominately to the Jews.  These individuals were raised on Old Testament teaching.  References to God made sense, and Old Testament imagines were familiar. [...]

GRAVES WE DIG

| August 11, 2014

Jesus came to deliver us for man-made graves.  Humans have the tendency to dig their own graves.  People will find themselves in situations in which their actions only make the situation worst.  Instead of repenting, people continue to sink deeper into whatever destructive hole that has been hued by themselves.  After a period of time, [...]

Review of “The Dyslexic Advantage”

| August 6, 2014

During my time in school, I always had to go to speech classes, resources, which is help for the slower kids during elementary school, and during High School I failed English every year.  Two of the years, the teacher allowed me to go on to the next grade, and one year, I had to do [...]

Boundaries in Ministry

| August 4, 2014

As a young minister, this is probably one of the hardest transitions to make.  What will you accept and what will you fight against?  Where are the limits?  I remember during the first year of full time work, I was taking some youth to a youth rally at a local congregation.  I was driving the [...]

So You Want to Preach Like a Prophet

| July 24, 2014

It was an hour and a half from the center of Dallas-Fort Worth.  It was in a small littleTexastown.  The building was an old school house that was moved to function as a church building.  It was my first real-kind of job preaching.  I was at Brown Trail for approximately six months when Gary Garner [...]

Relationships With Christians

| July 23, 2014

Everyone has struggled with a relationship within the church.  It will always be a matter of time before you have a conflict with a brother or sister in the Lord.  There are numerous ways and reasons that conflicts start within the church.  Sadly, people seem shocked when conflict happens.  People have a neurotic expectation that [...]

Alignment and the 200 Barrier

| July 22, 2014

Castle Rock continues to grow.  The average attendance has grown from 171 to averaging 240 during the last couple of years.  With this shift, we are dealing with breaking the 200 barrier.  There are various elements involved with this issue.  But the biggest struggle is creating congregational alignment.  At a smaller size congregation, there is [...]