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by Andy Deane - 3 months ago

A September 11th Tribute

On September 11, 2001, I found myself near the bottom of the Twin Towers in New York City. Back in 2001, I was a 19-year-old student attending New York University, who had walked away from the Lord. Despite my rebellion against God, the Lord mercifully saved me and called me back to Himself through the tragic events of September 11, 2001. That morning I found myself running from both towers and spending th...

by Andy Deane - 1 year ago

Fifteen Steps for Expositional Sermon Preparation

While there are many preachers more exciting to listen to than myself, students at Calvary Chapel Bible College often ask me how I do sermon preparation. To better serve those that ask me this question, I decided to write down my full 15-step process. It's important to note that before I start, I pause to make sure I enjoyed my morning devotions. It's a fail to only spend time with the Lord while prepping a sermon...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

JESUS IS GREATER Than Everything Today Throws At Us

Whether you encounter difficult trials or unexpected joys today, it’s imperative to remember that God is greater than anything you experience. He’s bigger than any obstacle, enemy or tragedy, and He’s better than any material blessing. The Scriptures testify to this. For example, the woman at the well doubted Jesus’ claim that He could offer living water that would quench her thirst. She challenged Him, starting w...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

The Power of Spiritually Healthy Habits Part 2

In part one of this article, I shared four tips I gleaned from the New York Times bestseller: The Power of Habit: Why we do What we do in Life and Business by Charles Duhigg. I’ll add to it with steps five through nine here...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

The Power of Spiritually Healthy Habits

While most Christians desire to become more consistent in studying the Bible, many struggle with making it a daily part of their lives. We commonly bear witness to Paul’s battle revealed in Romans 7:15, “…For what I will to do, that I do not practice; but what I hate, that I do.” So how can a Christia...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

C.H. Spurgeon’s Seven Tips for Reading the Bible

Most believers understand reading the Bible each day would be a great benefit to their walk with the Lord, and yet only a small portion develop such a healthy habit consistently. A recent Barna report stated, “About one-third of all American adults report reading the Bible once a week or more. The percentage is highest among Elders (49%) and lowest among Millennials (24%).” In fact, a LifeWay Research report suppo...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Digital Distractions: What Can We Do?

In my last post, I discussed the damage digital distractions can inflict on our lives if we don’t find a healthy balance. Not only are we susceptible to physical pains and compromised productivity, but we become insensitive and apathetic to the purposes God has for us. Distractions are causing us to live boring, ...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Digital Distractions: Five Spiritual & Physical Threats

A recent study says, “Fifty-four percent of kids think their parents check their devices too often...32% say they feel unimportant when their parents get distracted by their phones.”¹ I don’t want the conveniences of technology to overshadow the simple importance and value of a conversation with my kids. If I am constantly distracted with technology, what am I communicating to them? Even if I’m doing kingdom work ...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

The Power of God's Word

James 1:21-25 teaches one of the most important goals of spending time in God’s Word—we should seek to be changed by it. This passage compares the Word of God to a mirror that helps us to see ourselves in light of God’s perfect standard. Just like when we fix our appearance as we look in the mirror, we study the Bible with the intention of allowing it to transform us. Our goal is not to master it, but rather, to b...

by Andy Deane - 2 years ago

Unicorns, Lucky Charms & False Prophecy

A few years ago, I had an opportunity to counsel a friend who had received an alleged prophetic word. The prophecy was comically out of line with Biblical principles, saying things like: “sunlight comes out of your mouth;” “when you speak your words shift atmosphere;” “I saw as soon as you sat down, a unicorn;” and even “I saw a bowl of cereal, and I asked the Lord what kind of cereal it was, and HE said, ‘lucky c...