• Brian Matherlee

    Contributing sermons since May 4, 2006
Brian's church

McAdenville Wesleyan Church
McAdenville, North Carolina 28101

About Brian
  • Education: B.A. in religion from Central Wesleyan College (now Southern Wesleyan University) in 1989. M.Div. from Asbury Theological Seminary in 1993.
  • Experience: I began in ministry in 1988 with a small church youth group. I have served churches in South Carolina, Kentucky, Texas, Indiana and North Carolina. I have been youth pastor, music minister/worship leader, children’s pastor, young adult pastor and chaplain of a Christian school. I have served McAdenville as Senior Pastor since 2002.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: Beg, borrow, steal but "quote"...I’ve gained much help so many and I am hopeful that what God has helped me lay out can help you.
  • One of my favorite illustrations: My daughter Emily, when she was very young, loved to sing "Take your burden to the Lord and leave it there" along with our Gaither CD. On one long trip, she began to sing when the music wasn’t playing, "Take your car to the Lord, and leave it there..." and she continued to insert different things in the sentence that we were to take and leave with the Lord. Priceless!
  • Family: My wife is Loretta and I have two daughters, Emily and Ashley.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They come back to hear me again and again and don’t fall asleep. I suppose that says more than anything else.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Nobody has a more supportive wife.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: "Start with the Bible, anything else is a speech." --Ralph Lewis, professor at Asbury Seminary "If it comes down to having time to pray or prepare, you better prepare." --Rev. Steve Deneff (College Wesleyan Church in Marion, IN)
  • Books that have had an impact: Abide in Christ, by Andrew Murray The Applause of Heaven, by Max Lucado The Cost of Discipleship, by Dietrich Bonhoeffer
  • Hobbies: Guitar, singing with local quartet of preachers, golf
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Don’t try to make it to heaven by the skin of your teeth (an old testimony) but "take hold of that for which Christ took hold" of you. Live holy, live faithfully, live purposefully.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Nothing, I’d rather be raptured!
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  • What A ...

    Contributed on Dec 9, 2009

    “What a Night” That night when in the Judean skies Thy mystic star dispensed its light, A blind man moved in his sleep And dreamed that he had sight That night when shepherds heard The song of angelic choir near, A deaf man stirred in slumber’s spell And dreamed that he could more

  • D.

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2009

    “A human being has to work to live but has an insatiable appetite for more. This is common to both wise and foolish. Today the business world contains many clever people who work hard because they are obsessed with piling up money, while on the other side there are those who are ever alert for a more

  • Recent Research Shows That While 52% Of ...

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2009

    Recent research shows that while 52% of participants in a resolution study were confident of success with their goals, only 12% actually achieved their goals. Men achieved their goal 22% more often when they engaged in goal setting, a system where small measurable goals are used (lose a pound a more

  • David, Jerusalem And D-Day

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2009
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    DAVID, JERUSALEM AND D-DAY The 65th Anniversary of D-Day was observed June 6th. It was the largest single day amphibious invasion of all time. With nearly 200,000 troops involved; 160,000 would land on the 50 mile stretch of beaches known as Normandy. There were many obstacles that day: the more

  • On March 15 At The Lewis Creek Church (Indiana ...

    Contributed on Oct 6, 2009

    On March 15 at the Lewis Creek Church (Indiana South), Pastor Dave Gates preached a sermon on being "born again." On the way out the door Pastor Dave greeted Bucky, an 80-year-old man that had been attending his church. Pastor Dave said to him, "Will I see you in heaven, Bucky?" After pausing for more