Pastor Appreciation Month: Day #4
October is Pastor Appreciation Month.
Take time today to express to your pastor how much he means to you.
A disgruntled man wrote a letter to the editor: It seems ministers feel their sermons are very important and spend a great deal of time preparing them. I have been attending church quite regularly for thirty years, and I have probably heard 3,000 of them. To my consternation, I discovered I cannot remember a single sermon. I wonder if a minister's time might be more profitably spent on something else?
For weeks a storm of editorial responses ensued... finally ended by this letter:
Dear Sir: I have been married for thirty years. During that time I have eaten 32,850 meals—mostly my wife's cooking. Suddenly I have discovered I cannot remember the menu of a single meal. And yet... I have the distinct impression that without them, I would have starved to death long ago.
What is preaching? Preaching is the art of communicating the message of God from the Scriptures to the hearts and lives of people in a comprehendible manner.
As preachers we are commanded to Preach the Gospel, Mark 16:15, this means to herald for the good news of salvation. Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Preach the Word, II Timothy 4:2, this means preach the whole counsel of the Word of God. II Timothy 4:2, “I charge thee therefore before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, who shall judge the quick and the dead at his appearing and his kingdom; 2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine.”
THE RESPONSIBILITY OF PREACHING
P- Not just performing, it is Proclaiming.
R- Not just rattling the tongue, it is Revealing the Truth.
E- Not just Excitement but it is also Enlightenment.
A- Not just Action, but it is Unction.
C- Not just Contact, but it is also Contents.
H- Not just getting something off your Heart but it is getting the truth into their heart.
“The Preacher’s Wife”
There is one person in your church
Who knows your preacher's life.
She's wept and smiled and prayed with him,
And that's your preacher's wife!
She knows one prophet's weakest point,
And knows his greatest power.
She's heard him speak in trumpet tone,
In his great triumph hour.
She's heard him groaning in his soul,
When bitter raged the strife,
As hand in his she knelt with him--
For she's a preacher's wife!
The crowd has seen him in his strength,
When gleamed his drawn sword,
As underneath God's banner folds
He faced the devil's horde.
But she knows deep within her heart
That scarce an hour before,
She helped him pray the glory down
Behind a closet door!
You tell your tales of prophets brave,
Who walked across the world,
And changed the course of history,
By burning words they hurled.
And I will tell how back of them
Some women lived their lives,
Who wept with them and smiled with them--
They were the preacher's wives!
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Dr. Blackman is passionate about helping others grow in the grace of the Lord. His devotions are centered on how to grow closer to the Lord through a personal relationship with Christ.