(Continued from Part 1)

I’m probably going to be called a legalist, but let’s face it – the majority of churches have canned Sunday nights. It gives the preacher time off to play golf or go fishing just like the lost people in his community. We have small groups with little or no accountability. It’s hard for the church to know who’s growing these days. Many churches have more worship music than time in the Word. We are told to make our sermons shorter because of attention spans. Why don’t we cut out two years of seminary or two years of college? After all, with shorter attention spans, aren’t we asking too much of higher education? Wouldn’t you be content with a surgeon that had one class in biology, especially if he’s quick and cheap?

I’ve watched the devil steal sermons. He blinds the mind of unbelievers. He distracts those in the seats with text messages, tweets, and posts. After all, it doesn’t take much for us to say, “I need to hear from God today…SQUIRREL!”

I will continue to preach. I’m accountable to God, not to the congregation. I am to be a faithful steward of the Word. I’m accountable to deliver the meal, whether the people eat it or not is what they are accountable for.

The trouble in the American church is not a lack of education. It’s not our inability to think. It’s our refusal to use the brains we’ve been given. We don’t want to think. We are mindless and clueless. We don’t want the Word. We are late for church…many are always late for church. If you did that at even a minimum wage job you’d be fired. But we do it and think nothing about it as we approach the worship of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are like drug addicts – give us a fix, give us a pill, give us a little relief, but don’t make us go cold turkey for an hour and focus totally on the Word of God.

The average sermon is a waste of time. It goes in one ear and out the other. Unfortunately, there’s a lot of space in there we never use, so very little sticks. We are no different than the children of God in the Old Testament. They didn’t want to hear the Word of God. They wanted false prophets, prosperity preachers, name-it-claim-it apostles. They flocked to the “Joy Boys” and flogged the prophets.

I realize in this parable that only one fourth of the seed bore fruit. Only one fourth took deep root. Watching the last gasps of breath in the liturgical church and seeing the lack of response to the Word in most evangelical churches, I wonder if God will even find 25 percent of church members in America who hear and heed the Word.

The only hope is for a spirit of expectation in our services. We must come expecting God to speak. We must come willing to obey what God says. We must lay aside our distractions and focus on being disciples. If we don’t, the devil won’t just steal my sermons; he will steal your soul, your family, and this nation.

A few closing thoughts…
• I must make sure I’m feeding the people the Word of God. I am not called to be cute, but true to the Word.
• I must ask God to use the Word and raise up people who hunger for truth.
• I must not let the devil steal my joy in preaching the Word. I’m not responsible for the reaction of others; I’m responsible for preaching truth.
• I must remember that all revivals began with the Word of God being stirred in the hearts of a few people.
• I can’t create a hunger for the Word in others if there’s no hunger for the Word in me.

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  1. I wouldn’t call it being legalistic when we do what God tells us to do. It becomes legalistic when it’s done without giving honor to Him, when it’s done just for the sake of doing.
    As for me, I like being around other believers. It gives me strength and energy. Iron sharpens iron and being there Sunday night is just another opportunity to be further charged up. I don’t know that I would want to spend every night at the church because He gives us other ways to honor Him. Being with my family, supporting my wife and teaching my son is part of what I’m called to do. I’ve been blessed with a home and yard that I need to be a good steward of. But being at the church on Sunday, morning and evening, and on Wednesday for Bible study, gives me the energy and desire to fulfill all those other things I need to do to honor Him.

  2. Amen to that , you are so right !

    > Hosea 4:6, 2 Cor. 4 , 2 Tim, 3 : 1- 7

    1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when ye received the word of God which ye heard of us, ye received it not as the word of men, but as it is in truth, the word of God, which effectually worketh also in you that believe.

    Isaiah 55:11 So shall My Word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto Me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.

    Romans 14:12 So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

    1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

    Philippians 2:16 Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

  3. Hello!I have REALLY enjoyed Flywheel, Facing the Giants, and Fireproof! They are such good mvieos, and finally mvieos that do not have any bad parts in them! I am so glad that you are making good Christian, God honoring mvieos!Are you taking ideas for your next movie? Because I think it would be really neat if you did a movie about a farmer or a rancher!May God Bless You!Ruth B.

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