Monday, September 7, 2015
Saturday, September 5, 2015
See, I think you really have two options. You can either be—as you preach—like a garden hose or a tree. A garden hose transmits water. Water goes through it, but it doesn’t change the hose at all. Some people try and preach that way. “This is a job. It’s a task. I’m going to give these people the information that they need, and I’ll give it to them, all right. It won’t change me. I’ll just be a garden hose; I’ll just be a conduit to get this information out.” I don’t think that’s what God wants from us.
I think He wants us to be [trees]. I think He wants us to take in some of that water. I think He gives us the privilege of learning, studying, and communicating biblical truth so that we can be transformed in the image of Christ. I think you need to grow and be nourished in God’s Word. I think you have to allow it to change you. How dare we tell people to take a biblical text seriously that we have not taken seriously? Come on, isn’t that hypocritical? Don’t become Pharisees. Let’s not do that. Look inward. “God, what do you want to do in me because I have encountered this truth this week? What are you saying to me?”
J. Kent Edwards, CM103 Invitation to Biblical Preaching II: Preaching Biblical Sermons, Logos Mobile Education (Bellingham, WA: Lexham Press, 2014).
Wednesday, September 2, 2015
As summer draws to a close we have enjoyed the fellowship and preaching from several evangelist and missionary families. We enjoyed spending a day with Andy Gleiser and his family at the Wyoming State Fair and then hearing him speak to us for a Wednesday Night service. We also have had Glen and Sarah Swanson stay in our prophets chamber as they travel back and forth through the west. We also had Josh and Karan Swieringa and Chris and Rebekah Lowe present their works in the last month. It is always encouraging to hear of the work God is doing around our nation and around the globe.
This upcoming month we are having Evangelist Barry Webb in for meetings and would desire for you to pray with us that God would work through these meetings. Please mark your calendar and give special times of prayer for God’s working here.
God has taught me that “No one has it all together, but together the body of Christ has it all.” I’m looking for someone who would be interested in helping us with some video work. This work could be done from a distance so if you are interested please contact me. It is nothing complicated but just involves a bit of time each week.
Thanks so much for your prayers and support,
Jason, Becca, Elizabeth, Andrew, & John Miller
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