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"I will hear what God, the LORD, will speak."
- Psalm 85:8
 
While I was living with my grandfather we often visited other churches in the area in which several other pastors preached. I liked to tell granddad on the way home which one I didn't like and the one I received a blessing from. Granddad would say, "You can receive a blessing from even the poorest sermon if it is based on the Word of God. He also wanted me to major in speech and logic in college. Since then I have felt uneasy at times about the way some preachers deliver their messages.
 
I am by no means an expert on sermons but from what I learned from both of my grandfathers, a servant of God should always give his best to the preaching of the Word which will indicate the time spent in study and preparation.  Like he said, even the dullest message can convey some word from the LORD. We should always have an expectant attitude and always be listening for the truth God has for us. At least one time in every sermon God breaks through the words of the preacher and speaks directly to us. So we can well afford to listen to . . .

"I will hear what God, the LORD, will speak."
- Psalm 85:8
 
While I was living with my grandfather we often visited other churches in the area in which several other pastors preached. I liked to tell granddad on the way home which one I didn't like and the one I received a blessing from. Granddad would say, "You can receive a blessing from even the poorest sermon if it is based on the Word of God. He also wanted me to major in speech and logic in college. Since then I have felt uneasy at times about the way some preachers deliver their messages.
 
I am by no means an expert on sermons but from what I learned from both of my grandfathers, a servant of God should always give his best to the preaching of the Word which will indicate the time spent in study and preparation.  Like he said, even the dullest message can convey some word from the LORD. We should always have an expectant attitude and always be listening for the truth God has for us. At least one time in every sermon God breaks through the words of the preacher and speaks directly to us. So we can well afford to listen to the entire sermon with care, lest we miss that one illuminated and searching sentence in which God speaks to us. It may be a sentence that brings conviction, penitence, hope, strength, or renewed faith. So many of us miss that one special word from God because we are comparing the preacher's manner with that of some other preacher we have recently heard.
 
Christian friends, as you enter your place of worship next Sunday, make the earnest cry of the psalmist your prayer: I will hear what God the LORD, will speak and listen intently for that one portion God intends to be applied specifically to your heart.
 
Silently now I wait for Thee,
Ready, my God, Thy will to see;
Open my ears, illumine me,
Spirit divine.
 
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY - No sermon is dull that cuts the conscience.

 

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