Today's Word for Pastors...
The secret things belong to the LORD our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Once upon a time, there was a traveling preacher on the American frontier. Hungry and tired, he arrived at the home of Christian people to stay the night. Before he went to bed he entered this optimistic note in his journal:
“Arrived at the home of Brother Brown late this evening hungry and tired after a long day in the saddle. Had a bountiful supper of cold pork and beans, warm bread, bacon and eggs, coffee and rich pastry. I go to rest feeling that my witness is clear; the future is bright and I feel called to a great and glorious work in this place. Brother Brown’s family are godly people.”
On the basis of his entry the next morning before he left his room, however, it appears that his bountiful supper had changed his spiritual outlook. This is what he wrote in his journal the very next morning:
“Awakened late this morning after a troubled night. I am very much depressed in soul; the way looks dark; far from being called to work among this people, I am beginning to doubt the safety of my soul. I am afraid that the desires of Brother Brown and his family are set too much on earthly things . . . ”
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Illustration: Riches in Christ
Recently my wife and I were given use of two major league baseball tickets. Always glad to see a baseball game, we took the tickets and headed to the stadium. We noticed the tickets came with a free parking pass, but that only registered slightly.
As soon as we entered the stadium, I made my way to one of the few vendors where you can buy food for a dollar. So, I stood in a long line and came away proudly with my little dollar popcorn and my little dollar soft drink. We had trouble finding the number for our seat. Finally, we were pointed to an elevator.
We went up to the assigned section where we were met by two attendants who welcomed us and informed us all the food in the suite was complimentary. We turned the corner and saw a beautiful air-conditioned room with many kinds of food and drink. There were hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, barbeque, shrimp Alfredo, ice cream, etc. There were large windows facing the field and the outside of the stadium. We made it down to the seats where they were giving out free snacks. You actually could watch the game from the large room, an outdoor terrace or the actual assigned seats.
You can imagine how foolish I felt clutching my little bag of dollar popcorn and my cup of soda. I did not know the riches that were actually mine. Many Christians do not know the riches that are available to them in Christ.
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