All things being equal… God’s creation is amazing…

Great picture of faith, to me, anyway… The “air” of life creates varying obstacles for believers. Faith is strong in some, weak in others, however, faith is still a gift. (Eh. 2:8-9) And, all things being equal, Christ saves, with perfect equity. All whom the Father has given the Son will arrive safe and sound, the bowling balls and the feathers.

Science is awesome. Christ more so.

MondayN Thoughts: Stuff about 12.07.2014

I woke up and swallowed. My throat felt like I had gargled with a box of razor blades. It would be a long day. As I preached in the morning, my voice could only get so loud before it would start to fail. It seemed to me I was whispering all day. Those who know my “energized” style know this was torture. I felt like the “Compression” nob on the old sound system back home had been turned up to eleven! I hated to hold back. However, as I did, I found a renewed zeal in letting the Word speak for itself, letting IT roar. My heart was convicted about the times when I hold back in the pulpit, not physically, but, spiritually and pastorally. If you’re a preacher, you know what I’m saying. Those moments of struggle and temptation: don’t be too radical, too confrontational, too directional.

Jeremiah felt this same burning and temptation:

Jeremiah 20:8–10 8 For whenever I speak, I cry out, I shout, “Violence and destruction!” For the word of the Lord has become for me a reproach and derision all day long. 9 If I say, “I will not mention him, or speak any more in his name,” there is in my heart as it were a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I am weary with holding it in, and I cannot. 10 For I hear many whispering. Terror is on every side! “Denounce him! Let us denounce him!” say all my close friends, watching for my fall. “Perhaps he will be deceived; then we can overcome him and take our revenge on him.” (ESV)

Preacher-brothers, worry not what the world thinks. Press on. Preach on. With fire.

Preached-to-brothers and sisters, pray for your local pastor.

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