Today's Word for Pastors...
"…Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him."
Today's Preaching Insight...
Sermon Seed: The Sacrifice of Isaac
Pastor Mike Glenn writes: Like most of you, I had a lot of trouble with God demanding that Abraham offer Isaac as a sacrifice. I never could figure out what God was trying to do with Abraham.
Can you imagine what was going through Abraham's mind? Can you imagine the anguish felt by Abraham and the mixed feelings he must have had toward God? Why would God mess with Abraham like this? To me, it just didn't make any sense.
Then I was in Old Testament class with Clyde Francisco and he was lecturing on this passage. He took his glasses off (that meant he was preaching, not lecturing) and started dealing with this passage.
In a way only the old preachers can, he set the scene—a grieving father, a trusting son, a lonely mountain—and then, he quietly turned to us and said, "Abraham's sin is the sin of many of us. We trust the gift, not the Giver. Abraham was now trusting Isaac to be the keeper of the promise, not God. God was reminding Abraham that the promise of being a great nation depended on God and God alone."
So, is that your sin? Do you trust your talents, resources, or abilities more than God who gave you those gifts? The difference may seem to be subtle, but trust me when I say that the implications are profound. God can use a person of limited abilities who lives in total trust much more than a gifted person who only trusts in him or herself. (Brentwood (TN) Baptist Church Daily Devotional)
This Week's Laugh
A small boy stunned his parents when he began to empty his pockets of nickels, dimes and quarters. Finally his mother said, "Where did you get all that money?"
"At Sunday school," the boy replied nonchalantly. "They have bowls of it."
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