Have you got something to preach this Easter? The Victorious King is the story of Jesus’ journey from prophet, to sacrificial lamb, to savior of the world told in a 3-part sermon series that include among others sermons for Palm Sunday weekend, Good Friday, and Easter day and a variety of powerpoint presentations that illustrate Jesus’ life, death and resurrection.

Available at Mainstay Ministries.

David and Karen Mains explore the answer to the question that if God is our Father, how does He help us grow and mature as His children? How does He do it?

This dynamic learning resource stands apart from other Bible studies because the exercises are creatively designed to involve the imagination and emotions as well as the intellect. As Karen Mains put it, “”We must learn to detach our child-like trust from our human mom and dad and attach it to the One who can be both mother and father to us eternally.”

This 12-week study provides 12 fresh encounters to help you do just that. Commence your journey towards knowing and understanding a Loving Father by ordering Parenting Us: How God Does It today!

Available at Mainstay Ministries.

Out of the Salt Shaker

Rebecca Manley Pippert explores how every Christian can and should make evangelism a way of life. She introduces us to the natural stages of evangelism-Cultivating, Planting, and Reaping-as well as hints on how to meet the challenges of new competitors to the Christian faith.The perfect follow up to any message on evangelism.

Available at Mainstay Ministries.

101 Ways to Simplify Your Life

by Paul Borthwick


Paul Borthwick asserts in this book that before we can realize God’s desire for our full potential, we must unclutter our hectic lives. Each chapter includes practical tips that challenge you to take the first steps toward the more tranquil, balanced lifestyle of the spiritual thriver. Apply these principles to help you axe the excess, and you’ll experience a restored sense of sanity to your world.

Available at Mainstay Ministries.

by David Mains – Mainstay Ministries

Now that I have achieved the status of “senior citizen,” I am more keenly aware than at any time in my life of the importance of leaving a legacy for my children and grandchildren.

I’m not talking about monetary treasure. While I freely acknowledge that God has always supplied my every need and treated me we an enormous measure of His grace, I have not accumulate any earthly wealth.

Rather I am increasingly aware of the need to vouchsafe a spiritual legacy, sharing with my children and grandchildren the lessons that God has so patiently taught me as I have followed Him.

Part of those lessons involves what I believe may happen as the end of this age draws to a close. That’s why I have been motivated to write my new book, To Those I Love I Leave… At my website, www.Sermon-Coach.com, I’ve been sharing the chapters from this book. I will continue to post one chapter each week through the end of February.

It my fondest hope, and most fervent prayer, that some of my words in these chapters will prove helpful to the church and that God will honor the distribution of this material. May God bless you, even as you read what I have written.

Taking Chanceby David Mains – Mainstay Ministries

For you who are looking for inspirational movies, have you rented Taking Chance starring Kevin Bacon? Chance is the name of a young soldier who has been killed in Iraq. Bacon plays a senior officer, in this HBO production, who volunteers for the role of accompanying the body as it’s returned to its hometown for burial.

So Taking Chance, the name of this film based on a true story, refers to this senior officer taking the body of Chance back to his roots. This may not sound like all that sensational a plot line, but it’s really quite touching, especially in the way our Marines show great respect to all those who have fallen in the line of duty. You’ll like it, I promise.

It also made me think of the verse in Revelation 14:18, which reads, “Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord.” Christians don’t just pass away and that’s it. The Lord treats them with great dignity and respect. “Yes,” the verse continues, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” How wonderful, etc…

The Catholic League and atheists are waging a billboard war on opposite sides of the Lincoln tunnel. Which side do you believe?
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by David Mains – Mainstay Ministries

There’s a huge difference between street preaching and giving a sermon inside a church. On the street you have to work much harder at capturing people’s attention. You also have to quickly get across what you want to say, or people will simply walk away on you. Most church sermons, if preached out-of-doors, would not hold a crowd for very long.

The exceptional preacher, of course, was Jesus. He drew great crowds in the open air and his hearers hung on every word. Revivalists like John Wesley and George Whitefield were also great street preachers. Like Jesus, they, too, often resorted to stories to keep people’s attention. Of course, that was a different time from the present. When the traveling preacher came to town he was often the big attraction of the day.

If you preached your last Sunday’s sermon in the open air, would anyone stop to listen? It’s a good question to ask yourself. If your answer is “Probably not,” your preaching style might need some tweaking.

People in church usually look like they’re really listening to what’s being said. It’s quite amazing, however, how little they retain. Some of that is because they are poor listeners. Another factor could be that the sermons they hear aren’t that interesting or relevant.

Why not work on your introduction to next Sunday’s sermon, so that you feel it would capture people’s attention even if you preached your sermon on the street.

The Amazing Emmanuel from Mainstay MinistriesSuperheroes. Thanks to comic books and bedtime stories, our imaginations have been captivated by them since childhood. We love what distinguishes them from ordinary individuals. They are capable of feats that normal humans could not do. They are courageous in the face of great opposition. And they experience isolation and separation. Something else superheroes have in common: they’re imaginary. As much as their escapades intrigue us, Hercules, Paul Bunyan, and Superman never actually existed.

There is someone who is characterized by each of those “superheroic” qualities – except one. Jesus Christ is not imaginary. He really was born, and he really did perform supernatural feats not the least of which was dying for the sin of all humanity. In this December sermon series you’ll preach on just what makes this Amazing Emmanuel the timeless hero that he is. Allow it to help you penetrate the holiday-decked walls of your church with a kind of X-ray vision that sees what most find difficult to focus on – that Christ is the center of Christmas. As your sermon series unfolds, you can also distribute one December Devotional Calendar per visitor or church family which helps your listeners to put into practice what you preach.

The Amazing Emmanuel is part of Mainstay Ministries December sermon series to help the focus of Christmas on Christ.