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Cross Allegiance
Cary, North Carolina 27512-2024

About Sterling
  • Education: M.Div. (dual-focus): Pastoral Leadership & Pastoral Care, TEDS, 2008 / Ordination credential via ECA, 2009
  • Experience: Serving the Lord in ministry since July 2001 / Running pastoral and evangelistic ministries of Cross Allegiance (formerly Encouraged Life) since March 2003
  • Comment to those looking at my sermons: There is so much more to life than routine. By all means, spend time with Jesus. Love Him. Follow Him. Enjoy Him. Regardless of how 'successful' you are deemed to be by the world or even by other believers, remember that your reward ONLY comes from Him. Even so, He IS our reward and inheritance. If you don't know Jesus, repent of your sin and follow Him. He is the only way to God and our only hope, and He is an amazing Son of God. Feel free to send me a message on Cross Allegiance or my personal YouTube channel. I love to pray with and for people.
  • Sermon or series that made a difference: Gospel of John
  • One of my favorite illustrations: "Red Cups" (on Cross Allegiance's YouTube - "The Great Exchange")
  • What my parents think of my sermons: My parents love the Lord and have been encouraging through the years.
  • What my spouse (really) thinks of my sermons: Hopefully when I meet her, she will be fond of them
  • Best advice given to me about preaching: 'Follow Me as I've called you in every situation, even when people don't understand what it looks like in the present moment.'
  • Books that have had an impact: Habakkuk & Acts especially. There have been a few books about Pastoral Counseling in Crisis & Trauma contexts that have been very impactful outside of Scripture. My favorite times in ministry have been caring for those in need and walking alongside them through those times.
  • Hobbies: Bible, Basketball, DDR/ITG, Creative Evangelism, Running, Cooking, Making videos, Goal-setting and Goal-completing
  • If I could Preach one more time, I would say...: Jesus loves you. Jesus died for you. Jesus rose again, because the grave couldn't hold Him. Turn to Him today -- He is our only hope for salvation.
  • Something funny that happened while preaching: Sending the youth group out at a retreat to get communion materials, and seeing them hand out full dinner rolls and 12 oz cups full of grape juice to everyone during the sermon, knowing now that people would be taking each element for about 3 minutes with stuffed gullets.
  • What I want on my tombstone: Maybe a QR Code with an evangelistic presentation
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  • Bearing Witness

    Contributed on Oct 12, 2010
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    BEARING WITNESS In court, bearing witness is telling the truth about what you've seen and heard. John the Baptizer was doing the same about Jesus. If we witness, we can tell others about something the Lord has done in our lives, whether relating to Salvation or some other matter of His ...read more

  • Have You Ever Seen A Billy Mays Commercial? He ...

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2010
     | 1,856 views

    Have you ever seen a Billy Mays commercial? He has unfortunately passed away, but he was known for endorsing a lot of products, always keeping a loud voice volume, and enthusiastically selling some of the most ridiculous items on the market. One of the items he endorses is called the Awesome ...read more

  • Imagine Writing An Intricate Story And Mapping ...

    Contributed on Jul 2, 2010
     | 1,705 views

    Imagine writing an intricate story and mapping out a complete timeline of everything major that will happen in the plotline . God is the ultimate playwright. We see in verse 3 of this chapter, as well, that God fulfilled His plan in His ...read more

  • Still Waters

    Contributed on Jun 25, 2010
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    STILL WATERS "Still waters" as in Psalm 23 -- Sheep were not good swimmers, and it would be easy for sheep to be carried away with the current in a tumultuous river. The LORD brings us to drink from rivers ...read more

  • Drop Everything

    Contributed on Jun 22, 2010
     | 1,973 views

    DROP EVERYTHING A child is doing his homework inside, and it's a bright and sunny day. The child's father runs in and says, "Son, drop EVERYTHING! We're going to the amusement park, and you're going to play all afternoon!" The son gladly drops his pencil and paper and runs to follow his ...read more