Posts Tagged ‘message’

This message explores the times when God is silent by looking at the two four hundred year periods of biblical history when the Bible is “silent” between Genesis and Exodus and between Malachi and Matthew to ask the question is God really silent or are we just not listening?

I saw this image one day on Facebook and I almost fell out of my chair. One of the funniest things I have ever seen, unless you happen to be this mother…
Is your message coming though loud and clear and is it the one you intended?
Now I know this is a child’s artwork and it is highly excusable, but when we are trying to communicate a message with our work, especially when that message is the Gospel, it is really important to check yourself, or better yet have someone else have a look to see if you’re clear. This can be a tough thing for creatives. We already know what we’re trying to say so of course it’s clear to us but will it have the desired effect on the people we are trying to reach with our message?

This funny illustration has a really powerful message… Clarity is really, really important.

Is your message coming though loud and clear and is it the one you intended?
Do your best to be understood.

As I get to do more presentations, I start to worry am I repeating myself? Am I sharing my stories too often? Will some of the things I do become stale and boring?

Are those the right questions? I started to think about some of the things God has given me over the years and how He constantly uses them to speak to someone and/or touch someone’s heart. Maybe I should just be praying, asking God what He wants me to say and trusting Him to lead me, repetition or not.

It’s like going to a Lynyrd Skynyrd concert. There are a lot of songs they could play but there is one song they must play. FREEBIRD! You will never go to one of their shows and hear a true fan say “Not Freebird again! Noooo!”

People don’t mind hearing things they love more than once. I don’t know what my Freebird is. I may not have been doing this long enough to have one yet but I have a few that might be close. I’m doing one of them tonight and welcome your prayers. I love it, I know it came from God and it always blesses someone. I can’t wait to present it tonight.

When I preach around this time of year at my church, the fear of repetition creeps in again, but it shouldn’t. The message of this time of the year is the Church’s Freebird. I’m of the opinion that it should come up to some degree every time a preacher steps into a pulpit. It’s the song of hope we sing to the world and it should be sung every chance we get.

I’m not sure what my Freebird is, but Church, this is our Freebird.

Sing it every chance you get.

The Message of the Week this week looks at those times when we are tried and tired and gives biblical solutions on how to handle it well. Being tried and tired is not an excuse for bad behavior. It’s a reason to lean on Jesus and represent Him well.

This is a recording of the message I gave at the Atlantic Northeast District Church of the Brethren District Conference mixed with my power point slides. The message is about sin, God’s love and grace and hope for the future all found in the Gospel of Christ. The theme of the conference was The Saving Gospel and the Serving Gospel Perfect Together. It’s all about speaking the truth in love.
Click here for the message and video.