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Joe La Rue

Contributor since: Feb 12, 2008

About Joe La Rue

Education: J.D., Notre Dame Law School (2006). B.Th., B.B.L., Ozark Christian College (1992). Additional studies at Johnson Bible College & Lincoln Christian Seminary.

Comment to those looking at my sermons: Thank you so much for looking. Please feel free to take whatever you need to help your sermons, including preaching my sermons verbatim if that is helpful to you. God has given me the gifts of preaching and teaching, and if God uses what I write to bless you and your church, that is wonderful. I only ask that you not publish my sermons or lessons in a traditional print medium or on the web, including posting my verbatim sermons or lessons on another website. God bless you in your ministry!

Family: I have been married for 19 years to Pam, the love of my life, and we have been blessed with three wonderful children.

Best advice given to me about preaching: "They’ll never care how much we know, until they know how much we care" (Seth Wilson, founding Dean of Ozark Christian College). "Never, ever bore people! It is a sin to make people think that God’s Word is boring. Make sure you have given the time necessary to craft engaging sermons." (Mark Scott, Academic Dean, Ozark Christian College, paraphrased). "Never go into the pulpit unless you can answer the question, ’What in the world am I trying to do to these people?’" (Rick Warren, paraphrased).

Books that have had an impact: PREACHING: James Stewart, Heralds of God & A Faith To Proclaim; John Stott, Between Two Worlds. CHURCH LEADERSHIP & STRUCTURE: Joe Ellis, The Church On Purpose; Rick Warren, The Purpose Driven Church; Alexander Strauch, Biblical Eldership. APOLOGETICS: Anything by C.S. Lewis, Ravi Zacharias, Francis Schaeffer and Josh McDowell. Also, Michael Green, Who Is This Jesus? JESUS / CHRISTIANITY: John Stott, Basic Christianity & The Sermon on the Mount; Bonhoeffer, The Cost of Discipleship.

Hobbies: Reading and writing about law, politics, and theology; football & basketball; spending time with my wife and three children.

What I want on my tombstone: He served the purpose of God in his own generation (Acts 13:36)