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Speak Wisely Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-19b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Evil , Words , James Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on James 3:1-12, discusses the power of words and one's natural inclination towards sin. In All Circumstances Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-21b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: Prayer , Sickness Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt notes that James 5 explores difficult--and happy--circumstances and counsels: responding positively; turning to God and the church; and remembering the role of prayer. Also addresses James' closing and gives an illustration. Forgetting our Living Water Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-17c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: Worship , Idolatry , Priest , Water Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on Jeremiah 2:4-13 emphasizes that just as Israel forsook their God to worship idols, so idolatry is a real possibility for believers today. An idol is whatever we regard as most important. The Grief of God Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-20c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Attributes of God , Sermon , Grief , Sin Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt highlights the grief of God in Jeremiah 8.18-9.1 by pointing out that God heightens God’s grief over God’s people’s rebellion by letting Satan and his goons do their very worst to God’s Son, Jesus. King's Job Description Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Epiphany , Government , Leadership , Psalms Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this Epiphany sermon starter on Psalm 72:1-7 and 10-14, points out that this Psalm is a description of a good king of Israel that will care for the poor and deliver justice. Clear the Way! Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-1c-2/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Advent , Love , Grace , Faith Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on 1 Thessalonians 3:9-13, focuses on how the Thessalonians were "lacking" in faith and how Paul hoped that God would increase their love. God's promise to be with us Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-27c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Church , God's Presence , Grace , Memory Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on Haggai 1:15b-2:9 emphasizes God's promise "to graciously remain with us," as a unifying principle running throughout biblical history. And we can expect God to do great things. Jesus the High Priest Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-24b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Obedience , Suffering , Relationship Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on Hebrews 5:1-10, describes Jesus as the restorer of one's relationship with God and who acts as a mediator on behalf of his people. The Great Reversal Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/advent-3b/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: Advent , Comfort , Redemption , Freedom Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's Advent sermon starter on Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11 emphasizes God's promise to bring comfort and freedom to those who are trapped by guilt, anger, addiction, materialism, bad relationships, etc. Includes an illustration idea. Lament of a Persecuted Child Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/easter-5b/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Easter , Resurrection , Eschatology , Misery Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on Psalm 22:25-31, shows that this Psalm of lament ends with a vision of all people coming to know the Lord that is fully realized in the resurrected Jesus Christ. Prayer for the King Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-6b/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Prayer , God's Sovereignty , Trust , King Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter for Psalm 20, discusses this psalm as a prayer for Israel's king and emphasizes that the psalmist makes God the source of protection and sovereignty. Guilt, Guile and Grief: God Works it All Out Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-15a/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Grief , Hope , God's Sovereignty , Joseph Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on Genesis 45:1-15 says that God works out God's purposes in, through, and sometimes despite what people do; and they may realize only later that God has been at work. Every Good Gift of Grace Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-17b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Grace , The New Birth , Listening to God , Temptation Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on James 1:17-27, discusses the centrality and seriousness that James assigns to controlling one's tongue, not simply as a point of morality but as an issue with theological consequences. Every Created Thing Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/1st-sunday-after-christmas-c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Praise , Creation , Attributes of God , Psalms Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this sermon starter on Psalm 148, discusses the psalmist's call for all of creation to join in praising God and how this reflects God's character and role as creator. Submission to God Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-20b/?type=lectionary_epistle Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Wisdom , Conflict , Submission , Shalom Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on James 3:13-18, 4:1-3, 7-8, discusses voluntary submission to God and its concrete effect on the way people treat eachother. God's Servant Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-1a/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: Epiphany , Israel , Exile , CHILDREN OF GOD Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on Isaiah 42:1-9 recommends understanding its message to its original audience (exiled Israelites) as well as interpreting the servant as referring to Jesus. God's adopted children are also equipped as servants. Beyond Blame Practical How-To by Doug Bratt https://www.reformedworship.org/article/december-2011/beyond-blame Practical How-To by Doug Bratt Topics: Lent , Worship , Worship Planning , History Source: Reformed Worship How might we plan worship services that can be used by the Spirit to stimulate love rather than hostility toward Jewish people? Doug Bratt shares his wisdom in light of Christians’ historic mistreatment of the Jews. Character References Article by Doug Bratt https://www.reformedworship.org/article/september-2011/character-references Article by Doug Bratt Topics: Story , Persons Source: Reformed Worship Should pastors incorporate fiction and other literature into their reading? Doug Bratt argues that good literature challenges us to ask how we might preach to the people we meet in it. The Power of God's Voice Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/epiphany-1c/?type=the_lectionary_psalms Sermon Illustration by Doug Bratt Topics: Epiphany , Creation , Worship , Attributes of God Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt, in this Epiphany sermon starter on Psalm 29, pictures the Psalmist peering into God's throne room and marveling at the majesty and power God demonstrates through the wonders of creation. A Curious Story Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt http://cep.calvinseminary.edu/sermon-starters/proper-8c/?type=old_testament_lectionary Sermon Starter/Outline by Doug Bratt Topics: 2 Kings , Elijah (Biblical prophet) , Elisha , Confession Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Doug Bratt's sermon starter on 2 Kings 2:1-2, 6-14 emphasizes that "Jesus calls all of us to stand in Elijah and Elisha’s prophetic tradition," speaking out against violence while confessing our own sins of violence.

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