"You must root your preaching in reality, remembering that the people before you have problems, doubts, fears and anxieties gnawing at their faith. Your problem and mine is to get behind the conventional fronts that sit row upon row in the pews, consider for example, the needs of the people who will come to hear you preach.
Use your imagination as you try to deal with problems that are most real to them. If, when you write your sermons, you can see the gleaming knuckles of a clenched fist, the lip that is bitten to keep back tears, the troubled heart that is suffering because it cannot forgive, the spirit that has no joy because it has no love, if you can see the big tears that run down a mother's face, if you can see these things, preach them. Preach them--and get down deep."
Peter Marshall, 1902-1949, former Chaplain of the U.S. Senate, speaking to young ministers at the Gettysburg Theological Seminary. ... See MoreSee Less
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Introducing a New Sermon Series:
Jonah wanted to be anywhere but where God told him to go! Have you ever felt the same way? The ideas and plans we have for our lives seem so practical, and while we say welcome the Lords council, we prefer He respond to us in a limited advisory capacity!
Jonah found out that God’s will is to be preferred, and that when we choose own course, God will so orchestrate the experiences of our own journey, that we learn , sometimes painfully, that He really does know what’s best for each of our lives.
We have heard that two word combination stated time and time again. To a casual observer life seems to be an endless succession of normal and sometimes quite predictable daily events. We rise, we shower, we eat, we work, and we sleep. In the sameness of life, God’s Word speaks into our generation, and History is truly HIS STORY! What awaits us, are we living in the End Times now?