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Cornerstone Christian Church
Syracuse, New York 13203
(315) 424-5472

About Derrick
  • Experience: This is my first church. I did an internship for nine months before I was hired as the full time Associate Minister in February, 2005. I worked for a year and a half before becoming officially ordained in September, 2006.
  • Family: I have been married for 21 years to my wife Beth and we have an 13 year-old son, Shaun.
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: Know your congregation. Get personal with them through counseling, relationship building, discipling, etc. Find out what their needs are and where they’re at and what they’re dealing with and preach accordingly. This also helps when communicating to make sure you use terms and language that’s appropriate for your audience. This helps to make your sermons more practical and applicable in their everyday lives; ensuring the biggest impact that makes a difference in their spiritual growth.
  • Books that have had an impact: C.S. Lewis’ ’Mere Christianity’ is a must for anyone who is interested in Apologetics. Other classics such as ’My Utmost for His Highest’ and ’Pilgrim’s Progress’ are keepers. Neil Anderson’s ’Victory Over the Darkness’ is also good for those struggling with sin and their identity in Christ.
  • Hobbies: I enjoy reading and creative writing. I’ve written poems and short stories along with a self-published fictional novel. Check out my website: www.SuperTuper.com for more information. Summer is my favorite time of year so I enjoy those seasonal activities the most.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Not funny at the time but it was about 15 minutes before service started and it was my Sunday to preach. My wife called, frantic. She had used her remote car starter but locked the keys in the house. She was outside in the cold with my two-year-old son and seven-year-old niece. I raced home (15 minutes), took care of business and raced back. I had just minutes to spare before it was time for the sermon. Afterwards, some said it was my best sermon to date. Perhaps chaos produces better sermons!
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  • Never Forget

    Contributed on May 26, 2020
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    It's good to establish memorials and hold events to remember important occasions or people. What about when it comes to God? If we're not careful, our focus on God could fade to where we think of him less and less. We have to be careful to not forget God.

    NEVER FORGET If you're anything like me, it's easy to forget things; especially if they're not written down. Researcher Karen Bolla lists the top three things people most often forget: 3. phone numbers. 2. where something is. 1. names. Sometimes we can even forget something important ...read more

  • It's A Partnership

    Contributed on May 18, 2020
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    There are many partnerships in life: business partners, marriage partners, law partners, etc. People who decide to come together under a specific cause and work toward a mutual goal. Today I'll be talking about our partnership with Jesus and each other.

    IT'S A PARTNERSHIP There are many partnerships in life: business partners, marriage partners, law partners, etc. People who decide to come together under a specific cause and work toward a mutual goal. Speaking of marriage, Christians are called the bride of Christ-that makes us partners with ...read more

  • Defining Mom

    Contributed on May 11, 2020
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    We can probably come up with many adjectives to describe our mothers. Today I'll highlight some of the staple traits that define the majority of moms. Not that they can't be applied to non-moms, but we can attest to how they are fitting terms to define mom.

    DEFINING MOM We can probably come up with many adjectives to describe our mothers. And a mom wears many hats and fulfills many roles in the household. But today I want to highlight some of the staple traits that define the majority of moms. Not that these terms can't be applied to those who ...read more

  • The Resurrections After The Resurrection

    Contributed on May 4, 2020
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    A few years ago, I did a series on the resurrections before the resurrection of Jesus. But did you know there were resurrections that took place after Jesus'? Let's take a look at these incidents and see what we can take away from them.

    THE RESURRECTIONS AFTER THE RESURRECTION A few years ago, I did a series on the resurrections before the resurrection of Jesus. I went back into the OT with Elijah and the widow's son and Elisha and the Shunammite woman's son, all the way up to Lazarus. But did you know there were ...read more

  • Seeing Is Believing (Part Two)

    Contributed on Apr 27, 2020
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    Last week we looked at Jesus' resurrection appearance to Mary. She went and told the Apostles but they didn't believe her. They were unwilling to believe that Jesus had risen from the dead unless they saw him with their own eyes. And see him they would!

    SEEING IS BELIEVING (part two) John 20:19-31 Last week we looked at Jesus' resurrection appearance to Mary. Before that, she noticed the tomb was empty. She went to tell the Apostles and Peter and John raced to the tomb and found it empty, just as Mary had said. Then, after she encountered the ...read more

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  • Why Do We Say Merry Christmas But Happy Everything Else?

    Contributed on Dec 23, 2019
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    Why Do We Say “Merry Christmas” but “Happy” Everything Else? by, Meghan Jones. "The word "merry" isn't one we use very often during the months of January through November. But as soon as Thanksgiving passes, you're bound to start hearing and seeing it everywhere—on ...read more

  • Gabriel Hurles Was Enjoying His Sixth Birthday ...

    Contributed on Dec 21, 2012
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    Gabriel Hurles was enjoying his sixth birthday party. He was so focused on eating his birthday cake, that he hardly noticed the giant package in the corner of the room. When another child pointed out the large gift, Gabriel ran over and began to tear off the wrapping. It wasn’t a bicycle or any of ...read more

  • The Latched Of Sandals

    Contributed on Dec 14, 2012
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    Albert Barnes’ commentary for John 1:27: “The latchet of sandals was the string or thong by which they were fastened to the feet. To unloose them was the office of a servant, and John means, therefore, that he was unworthy to perform the lowest office for the Messiah. This was remarkable humility. ...read more

  • The Cave Dwellers” By Max Lucado. ...

    Contributed on Dec 4, 2012
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    “The Cave Dwellers” by Max Lucado. “Long ago, or maybe not so long ago, there was a tribe of people in a dark, cold cave. The cave dwellers would huddle together and cry against the chill. Loud and long they wailed. It was all they did. It was all they knew to do. The sounds in the cave were ...read more

  • The Wonderful Twists And Turns

    Contributed on Nov 12, 2012
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    THE WONDERFUL TWISTS AND TURNS Condolezza Rice said, "Life is full of surprises. Being open to unexpected turns in the road is an important part of success. If you try to plan every step, you may miss those wonderful twists and turns. Just find your ...read more