Monday, October 22, 2012
At one time "preachers" was the nickname for all of Lincoln Christian University men's sports teams. Yeah, not very fearsome as far as mascots go (by it's very name, you can't make it fierce - ie. the fighting preachers, the killer preachers, and the preaching swarm really don't express what preaching is all about), but a true description of the guys who made up the basketball team. Well, for the next two days, the Lincoln Preachers will be preachers from all over Illinois who have come to the Illinois Minister's Retreat..and I'm honored to be able to preach to them three times. I must admit, it's a little more nerve-wracking because of the audience, but I know that they know how hard preaching is, so I'll get grace. Also, I'm more excited than nervous because this is a pep rally for preachers! Nothing better than to be in the company of guys who week-in and week-out carry the high calling of preaching the Word of God. We are all imperfect, but useful instruments for God (cracked pots Paul called us). I'm going to be expounding on the last chapter of II Timothy and look at Paul's charge to the young pastor Timothy, who was the preacher at First Christian Church in Ephesus. Amazingly, not much has changed in 2,000 years. Here's a basic run down our the teachings 1. II timothy 4:1-5 Paul's list of important ministry stuff (his charge). 2. II Timothy 4:9-22 Dealing with discouragement, deserters, and developers 3. II Timothy 4:6-8 Finishing Strong Registration at 3:30 and first session shortly after. Pray for me..holed up in a Lincoln motel room praying, writing, rehearsing, praying some more.
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