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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 19 years to my wife Beth and we have an eleven-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 writtenpoems and short stories along with a fictional novel that is self-published . Check out my website: www.SuperTuper.com for more information on my novel and more. 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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  • Drink Up!

    Contributed on Feb 12, 2018
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    Normally this phrase is not associated with anything spiritual. But today, we will see that it's of ultra importance to drink up when it comes to the water Jesus offers.

    DRINK UP! INTRODUCTION: Normally this phrase is not associated with anything spiritual. But today, we will see that it's of ultra importance to drink up when it comes to the water Jesus offers. 1) Living water. In John 4 we read about Jesus' encounter with the woman at the well. Jesus ...read more

  • Tug Of War

    Contributed on Feb 5, 2018
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    Marc Anthony is quoted as saying, "I can resist everything except temptation." Can you relate to that? Temptation is an everyday challenge Christians are faced with. Paul knew this struggle and he transparently elaborated on that in Romans 7:14-25.

    TUG OF WAR Romans 7:14-25 There was a cartoon which showed two friends standing before a Minister and one asks, "Why is it that opportunity only knocks once but temptation beats on my door every day?!" Can you relate to that? Marc Anthony is quoted as saying, "I can resist everything but ...read more

  • Love Who You Are

    Contributed on Jan 29, 2018
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    It's easy to develop a poor image of yourself. I'll be highlighting some statements we make if we have a negative view of ourselves. If you identify with any of them you will see the reasons why you can replace the negative self-image with a positive one.

    LOVE WHO YOU ARE It's easy to develop a poor image of yourself. Today I'll be highlighting some statements one might make if they have a negative view of themselves. If you identify with any of them you will see the reasons why you can replace the negative self-image with a more positive one. ...read more

  • Conducting Healthy Relationships

    Contributed on Jan 22, 2018
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    Maybe they call it a relationship because it can seem like we're on a ship. Sometimes the seas are nice and calm and sometimes they are stormy. And sometimes it can go from calm to stormy in a matter of moments. We need to learn how to navigate.

    CONDUCTING HEALTHY RELATIONSHIPS Maybe they call it a relation-ship because in our relationships it can seem like we're on a ship. Sometimes the seas are nice and calm and sometimes they are stormy. And there are times when it goes from calm to stormy in a matter of moments. This is how it often ...read more

  • Be Prepared

    Contributed on Jan 15, 2018
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    Last week I talked about the importance of being in the moment. But being in the moment doesn't mean we don't prepare. Being prepared is important; especially when it comes to doing the Lord's work. Let's see what the bible has to say about it.

    BE PREPARED Last week I talked about the importance of being in the moment. It's important to not dwell on the past or worry about the future but to be here now and enjoy the moment. But being in the moment doesn't mean we don't prepare. Being prepared is important; especially when it comes to ...read more

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  • 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

  • The Beginning Of Marilyn Manson

    Contributed on Feb 27, 2012
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    THE BEGINNING OF MARILYN MANSON Brian Warner started going to church with a friend years ago. Brian was a skinny pizza faced nerdy looking kid that nobody liked. He was also a loner who looked out of place most of the time. The youth group took a trip to an amusement park one weekend and ...read more