"And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free." John 8:32

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

         The shrieky notes of the well known hymn swelled,  fell and then died away in a off key tone that would have caused any one with musical ability to wilt with the mere sound.  A slight clearing of the throat then was heard, followed by a loud, “Now let us turn to our scripture reading for this morning,” being very much mimicked from some recently attended church service.  
        The illiterate preacher noisily tuned the pages of the Bible, in hand, to find the memorized passage of Scripture that would be the moments “Scripture Reading.” 
        “John three sixteen,” the voice once again boomed, “For God so loved the world that He gave his only begotten son, that whosoever believeth on Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.”
        A mere second of silence fell on the empty living room furniture, but was quickly broken by the loud, childish voice of the little preacher. 
        “Today we need to understand this verse of Scripture.  It is telling us that God loves us sssooooo much that He sent us His only son to die on a cross for everyone.” 
        The little preacherette went on, “And if we believe on Him we will have everlasting life, that means a home with Jesus.  So let’s believe on Jesus right now so that we can be with Him forever.”  With that the sermon was completed, the Bible was closed and the small girl jump off her bucket platform. 
        “Mommy, Mommy,” she shouted while running through the house, “When I grow up I want to be a preacher!”   

Like that small girl preacher God is calling each one of us to preach, weather it may be in front of a congregation or by a pure holy life, and He is telling each one of us, “Do not say, ‘I am only a child.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.” (Jeremiah 1:7, 8 NIV) If He is really calling us to preach do you not think that we should know what we are preaching?  My goal on this blog is to study out what we believe so that we can rightly preach that sermon, wherever it may be. 
“We should know why we believe as we do, and should be able to give to others the reasons for our faith. But this will require effort. The mind grows by what it is fed upon. The understanding gradually adapts itself to the subjects which it is required to grasp. If allowed to dwell only upon the things of this life, it becomes dwarfed and enfeebled. If absorbed in vanity and folly, it will after a time almost lose the power of growth. To secure strength and vigor, the mind must be tasked; and there is no other means by which this can be so successfully accomplished as by the study of the Scriptures.”  {ST, March 9, 1882 par. 12} 

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