Today's Word for Pastors...
Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Sing Much Anymore?
One day Chirpy's elderly owner decided to vacuum her parakeet's cage. Just then the phone rang. While reaching for the phone, she inadvertently lifted up the vacuum hose and sucked Chirpy all the way through the tube and into the dust bag.
Frantically, she tore open the bag, pulled out her beloved bird and gently rinsed him off under the faucet. Not satisfied with soaking the wet songbird, she turned on her blow dryer and carefully blew him dry.
Later, when someone inquired about Chirpy, she admitted "Well, he doesn't sing much anymore."
Would you wonder? Sucked in, washed up, and blown dry! That's enough to steal the song from the stoutest of songbirds.
Can you relate to that? Just when you conclude that it cannot possibly get any worse, it suddenly does. However, that seems to be when the God of the Bible appears often time, in an unexpected place with a strange name like Bethel, Peniel, or Shechem. Sucked into a crippling circumstance, we find ourselves rinsed off in a paralyzing experience, only to experience being blown dry by God's gentle grace.
(To read the entire article, "Sucked In, Washed Up, Blown Dry" by Wayne M. Warner on Preaching.com, click here)
A family asked a preacher to come to their home for dinner after church. The child of that family was quite precocious. To encourage conversation the mother asked the little girl how she liked the service. The girl replied, "I liked it, but the sermon was a little long." About that point the child remembered the preacher was present, got embarrassed and tried to restate her point more politely. She said, "Actually, it wasn't really so long, it just seemed long."
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