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Sunday, December 30, 2007

Preached this morning!!

I preached in main worship this morning.

I always get incredibly nervous when I preach in adult worship. It's not a rational thing. I always get incredibly nervous. Everyone always says that I do a great job... but I still feel nervous. Working and speaking to the students doesn't really make me nervous like the adults do on Sunday morning... which I think is backwards to what most people would think. (I think most people would be more comfortable with adults than students.) And I actually teach less time-wise with the adults than with the students. So, who knows.

But I think it went well this morning. We talked about having a regular Bible reading plan. Here is the outline:
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If you make one New Years’ Resolution this year, make this one:
-Begin a REGULAR Bible reading plan.
“Blessed are they whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are they who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart.” Psalm 119:1-2

It will -EMPOWER your worship.

-INCREASE your service.

-IMPROVE your evangelism.

-BETTER your relationships with others.

-DEEPEN your personal connection to God.
“I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.” Psalm 119:11

Tips to making it happen:
1. Write down YOUR GOAL.

2. Choose a READABLE translation.

3. Schedule A TIME that works.

4. Begin MANAGEABLE.
“Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path.” Psalm 119:105
“With my lips I recount all the laws that come from your mouth. I rejoice in following your statutes as one rejoices in great riches. I meditate on your precepts and consider your ways. I delight in your decrees; I will not neglect your word.” Psalm 119:14-16

Action Steps:
DECIDE if regular Bible reading is a goal for you.

DETERMINE to push through the difficult times.

DEEPEN your study of Scripture with new and challenging ways of engaging God’s word.
“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple. I open my mouth and pant, longing for your commands.” Psalm 119:129-131

The Bottom Line:
Reading God’s Word is FOUNDATIONAL to following God.
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Once the audio recording is available online, I will post a link so you can listen, if you want.

Thanks to those who prayed for me this morning. I know that several of you, my faithful readers, did and I appreciate it.

Jim

2 comments:

  1. You did a great job this morning...very practical and applicable. The adults need that too. :)

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  2. I've gotten to the point where I'm more comfortable preaching in the main worship service than to a youth group meeting, but I imagine that's likely because a college classroom is more like the former than the latter.

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