preaching this week and i've been assigned a topic...this is not an unusual situation in large churches that use a lot of sermon series and work pretty far in advance...like, months and months in advance. some would think this is perhaps 'unspiritual' or something similar - i think not! see, the holy spirit can easily speak to me or a group of people several weeks in advance or on the spot, he's not boxed in by our fossils...it is, however, a challenge for me - i tend to never think a sermon is 'done' until i'm 'done' delivering it...i'm constantly having to review things, think things through and re-evaluate thing...it's a challenge!
anyway, the pieces are coming together, i have my direction, my outline and yes, i have prayed...btw, that's the first part! here's the thing that always amazes me...this week, i have the God-given opportunity to present His Word and direction for our church - that's an amazing and AWEsome responsibility that i DON'T take lightly...i embrace it! i like what batterson says, 'pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on me' - that's a pretty good guide for most of what we do in life!
one final thing about speaking and preaching...i taught the preschoolers last night, not sure if they got anything out of it except that pastor rick let's them scream a lot (and they do an excellent job!) - just so you know, i'm way more comfortable ministering to adults and youth than i am kids/preschoolers - people don't realize it, but they have the power to take the world over - we have to beware of the preschoolers...ok, i'm just kidding, let's just say i know where my calling is NOT! (and so do they and all the adults watching me last night...:)