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  • Rich Hadley

    Contributing sermons since Jun 27, 2002
Rich's church

Tuscola Church of the Nazarene
Tuscola, Illinois 61953

About Rich
  • Education: I presently hold a Bachelor’s Degree (B.A.) in Biblical Studies from Nazarene Bible College. This is a fantastic four year school that is fully accredited! Campus and online classes are available for this strong program! If you find my sermons helpful you can be sure that NBC gets a great deal of the credit! If you don’t, you can blame that on me!
  • Experience: I served as a Youth Pastor (pester?) in Oklahoma before taking on the role as a senior pastor in Illinois. I have preached in nursing homes (but who hasn’t, right?) and for camp meetings and other special eccumenical functions.
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: One day I hope to write sermons as well as you!
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: THIS GENERATION has been the sermon that generated the largest immediate response. BROKEN has been the most powerful sermon God has yet given to me. The BROKEN sermon has touched many lives and been preached more by myself and others more often than any sermon I’ve written. I can’t begin to number the people who have gathered around an altar in response to this one. God continues to use it to challenge those who are cold and self-righteous in their faith. THE FIRST BIG-TENT REVIVAL seems to be the most popular in a multi-denominational setting like this one. So I would venture to say that it has universal appeal.
  • What my parents think of my sermons: They’re never awake at the end to ask.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: I don’t know! She won’t tell me. I guess that’s why we’ve stayed together for 11 years!
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: KISS: Keep It SHORT Stupid! On using Illustrations with narrative passages: "Why use a story to tell a story? The sermon comes equipped with its own!" "A scripture cannot mean what it never meant"
  • Books that have had an impact: PREACHING THAT CONNECTS-- Easily the most powerful and under-rated homiletic instruction book on the market! FRESH WIND FRESH FIRE -- an oldie but a goodie!
  • Hobbies: I love to read and write almost as much as I love fishing and seeing people fall in love with Jesus!
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: My wife had read my sermon (I’m a manuscript man-- it’s true!)before services one Sunday morning. While in the pulpit I realized that she had somehow gotten the pages mixed up. They weren’t numbered. The more I tried to get them back in order, the more confused they seemed! Finally, following this huge, awkward silence from the pulpit, I announced my predicament. I quipped, "Well, since my notes are in shambles, I guess I’ll just have to shoot from the hip and preach from my heart!" A parishioner shouted, "It’s about time!"
  • What I want on my tombstone: Forwarding Address: John 14:2-3
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  • Health Care Reform- Jesus Style

    Contributed on Jun 28, 2002
    based on 106 ratings

    In light of today’s church--- In light of today’s epidemic of sin The question goes out--- Is there a doctor in the house?

    Matthew 9:9-13 "Healthcare Reform—Jesus Style" Once upon a time There was a king. A tribal chief. He was angry about the "white" influence in that region. He decided that only medical personnel could remain. Everybody else had to go. Teachers...missionaries...merchants... They all had to more

  • Feed My Sheep

    Contributed on Jun 27, 2002
    based on 78 ratings

    It’s time to come down from the stands –stop being His fan and become His friend.

    FEED MY SHEEP Key Verse: JOHN 21:15-17 15. When they had finished eating, Jesus said to Simon Peter, "Simon son of John, do you truly love me more than these?" "Yes, Lord," he said, "you know that I love you." Jesus said, "Feed my lambs." 16. Again Jesus said, "Simon son of John, do more

  • The First Big-Tent Revival

    Contributed on Jun 27, 2002
    based on 43 ratings

    we learn from the Hebrew children wandering in the wilderness that a painful past is less frightening than an uncertain future.

    Moses is on the verge of suicide (Numbers 11:15). He hates his job. (Numbers 11:11) He is overwhelmed by the expectations of upper management. (Numbers 11:12-13) Executive responses to the demands of the people at the lowest levels have failed to satisfy. (Numbers 11:1-10) Frustrated more

  • This Generation

    Contributed on Jun 27, 2002
    based on 24 ratings

    In some ways, what was a parable for them, becomes for us an historical lesson. We look back to see that wisdom was indeed exonerated by a growing kingdom that could not have been through force or the means of men. And we see that when we pout and stam

    THIS GENERATION Luke 7: 31-35 To what then can I compare the people of this generation? What are they like? They are like children sitting in the marketplace and calling out to each other: ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge and you did not more