Monday, April 21, 2008


I love it. I crave it. I feel gifted and called. There is nothing else I want to do with my life. When I am standing in front of people talking about Jesus, I feel most alive. I love the prep work. I love wrestling with Scripture. I love delivering.

Last week, I was listening to a speaker named Paul Washer, and there were two statements he made that stuck with me. (I don't remember them word for word)
1) I want to preach as if I will never preach again. Not in a way of quitting the pulpit, but rather in a way that I feel compelled by God to declare the daring message of the good news of Jesus as if this might be my last chance to declare it.
2) Preaching is a dangerous thing. It is dangerous, because I have been entrusted as a person who stands before God on a regular basis—to wrestle with Scripture, to pray, to be silent in order to listen, and to speak only after I have been spoken to. I have a job in which I am entrusted with Truth. This is dangerous. For if I fail to speak truth, I fail both God and my fellow human beings.

This is my passion!


rgolf48 said...

Amen and Amen! It is energizing. Though there are so many facets of ministry that need to be accomplished on a daily basis, preparation and delivery are my passion.

Rick Ross said...

I love that!

"Yet when I preach the gospel, I cannot boast, for I am compelled to preach. Woe to me if I do not preach the gospel!"

Several times a week I thank God that I get to do what I do -- and get paid for it!

Tammie's Thoughts said...

We at Sycamore View are eagerly awaiting your coming! I'm sorry to say that neither my husband, Tim, nor I will be there the first Sunday. I put the explanation on your wife's blog, but we will look forward to meeting you next week at Pepperdine!
Tammie Hacker