IDEAS THAT WORK--STORING & RETRIEVING SERMON MATERIAL

STORING & RETRIEVING SERMON MATERIAL

Most of us who speak regularly know the terrible feeling that somewhere we heard a great illustration or read a pointed quote that would make our presentation much more powerful-if only we could find it.

So with time running out, we launch a frantic search through our minds and through dozens of books, periodicals, and sundry notebooks.

Usually, we search in vain.

The mistake here, of course, is looking for supportive material only when we are in the process of preparing the sermon.

The solution is an effective storage and retrieval system for speaking material, a system much like a library, fed with material long before we need it, and capable of providing that material whenever we need it.

Many have asked how I have approached this process. Although my system is adapted to my own way of thinking and studying, I offer it in hopes that what's worked for me may spark ideas for others.

Simple and portable

I long ago determined any storage-and-retrieval system ...

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From Issue:Summer 1987: Teaching
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