Yesterday (Saturday) afternoon at 3:37 PM EDT I got the call to preach today at 11 AM. I wasn’t scheduled to preach, but when I get the call to preach I accept it, I stop everything I’m doing, and I immediately prepare my sermon for God. I look at it this way. I’m preaching a sermon to my brothers and sisters of my church family, but my sermon is for God – just as our praise and our worship is for God.
I preached from the Book of James – Chapter 4 – Verses 1 to 10. My sermon was titled “War & Peace”. Here’s an excerpt:
The more personal time you spend with the Lord – the less likely the devil will be able to get to you. When you pray. When you read the Bible. When you read “The Upper Room”. When you watch a preacher on TBN. When you listen to a program on 90.9 Life-FM Miami. When you sing out loud – in your car – in a traffic jam – through a school zone – at 15 MPH – to music – on Positive & Encouraging K-LOVE. When you participate in a bible study with a small group. When you come here on Sunday mornings to sing and dance and celebrate. When you perform a song for God with your guitar or your voice or both. When you write a sermon for God. When you preach God’s Good News to all who will listen. When you share your testimony with the world out there. All of that – draws you closer to God – and further away from Satan.
I sang a portion of Chris Tomlin’s “At The Cross” as part of my sermon. (I used to sing fairly regularly in my early sermons.) After I sang to God I concluded with this:
Don’t be afraid to sing out to the Lord – in here. He’s listening. And don’t be afraid to praise and worship the Lord – out there. And don’t be afraid to speak of the Lord – no matter where you are. Get closer to the Lord – closer than you were yesterday – closer than you were when you walked in here today. May the Lord be with you in everything you do and everywhere you go.
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