Posted tagged ‘Preaching’

Spiritual, Fleshly, Political, Moral

April 13, 2010

It is almost too much sometimes to hold my tongue when it comes to many of my personal political pet peeves.  As a preacher I must “preach the message that God declares” (Jonah 3:2).  Often my political views burn very hot and seem more important than what God declares is important.

Much of what goes on in the halls of congress has nothing to do with what the Church is to be busy doing.  We forget the primary role of Christians is to tell others the good news of Jesus to every one we meet.  We can easily get sidetracked by becoming involved in political issues we believe infringe on our rights.

We need to be crying out against immorality of all types that plague our nation, community and homes.    The moral issues that transcend the political climate.

Christians ought to be much more concerned about the things that effect the eternal welfare of people’s souls.  The Bible speaks out against many things that we should be speaking against. We should do that more than we do about things that are disturbing in Washington D.C. .  “We must obey God rather than man” but let us make certain that what we are upset about are truly hampering our ability to do God’s work on earth.

I guess it would be easier to let the Bible explain for itself what I am inadequate to explain here…

6 If you put these things before the brothers, you will be a good servant of Christ Jesus, being trained in the words of the faith and of the good doctrine that you have followed. 7Have nothing to do with irreverent, silly myths. Rather train yourself for godliness; 8for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come. 9The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance. 10For to this end we toil and strive, because we have our hope set on the living God, who is the Savior of all people, especially of those who believe. 11Command and teach these things.

A dear friend and fellow preacher once told me that we can be Christians and do God’s work no matter who is President, King or dictator.  He also taught me that prayer is more powerful than our votes and preaching the gospel will change the world for good much more than any political speech we could make.  I hope we avoid being entangled in worldly affairs at the cost of losing time doing what God tells us to do.

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I Love to Preach

February 24, 2010

It is a privilege to be God’s preacher. When you count the many blessings of friendship, family and fellowship you could never find a greater abundance than you find within the church of our Lord. I’ve seen a rich outpouring of kindness not only for my wife and me, but also for other members within the body. Over the years I’ve witnessed people going out of their way to pay honor to the sick, widowed, and every imaginable part of the family of Christ imaginable. In the world it happens more times than not that people tear down and mistreat one another. I’m glad I am in a place that does the work of a loving and compassionate Lord who teaches us to be the same way.

I love preaching because it brings hope and healing to those who hear. So much of what we hear in the media is doom and gloom. However, the very nature of the Bible and preaching is the “Good News”(Matthew 28:19,20). I am preaching to the downhearted, a healing and cheering message. We all can realize that Jesus is the answer to every struggle we face. He brings unity to the family that is divided. Jesus brings balance to broken finances (Mt. 6:33). Jesus builds bridges to evangelism and better relationships.
I love preaching because it holds a wonderful reward in Heaven. This is a blessing that all of us share, because we are all preachers (Matthew. 28:19), God promises rest from our labors and joy beyond measure (Revelation. 14:13) when we pass from this world to Heaven.

I thank God for letting me do the thing I believe with all my heart He intends for me to do. Great things are happening for those who love God, please come into His family.