Sunday, September 15, 2013


What shall we preachers step up and say today?  What hasn't been said a hundred times?  A thousand?  Ten thousand?

What hasn't been said is life for the moment; Jesus the perpetually resurrected Lamb.

Ears will never tire of hearing the message of success found in failure, endurance found in struggle and, most of all, life found in death.  As much as we have heard this about Jesus it is still new-s.

What shall we preach again today?  The Word of God in all of is backward accuracy and its upside down fascination.  We will learn again to give in order to keep and to die in order to live.

My friends, when we step into that pulpit today, I don't know about you; but I will be afraid.  I can't wait to get there and fear getting there.  I'm given grace when I hear Paul reference that he was with them in much fear and trembling.

Afraid of God?

Afraid of the people?

Afraid of the message?

I think he was afraid of himself.  He knew himself to be far to weak for the task. Surely God would chose someone better equipped.

But not the case.

Not the case with Paul and not the case with me....and not the case with you.  If we are in sync with the Spirit of God, we are filled with delight and fear.  Enthusiasm and intimidation are worn on our sleeves.   We are thrilled we get to be the preacher and scared we will miss the connection between Him and them.

What shall we preach again today?  Vibrant hope in Jesus who once was deader than a door-nail and now lives so that we too might see His glory day by day.

Don't hold back!

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