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Topic: At the Pulpit (11/15/07)
TITLE: Honestly Speaking
By Alice Zvacek
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“Let’s see what should I talk about this week”? He thought as he sat at his desk. “We just finished the 10 Commandments. Maybe I should do that verse about having a pure thought life. Let’s see it’s in Colossians isn’t it. Wait no, it’s Ephesians. No, it’s Philippians! That’s right, it’s Philippians 4:8. But wait a minute; everyone’s been saying they want to hear how they can get closer to God.
I guess I could do a series with a different way to get closer to God each week -- Obedience, Reading His Word, Prayer. Yeah right! Like I could preach on getting close to God when I feel like he’s never there, that my prayers only go as far as the ceiling! I have to think of something else to preach on! Maybe I should go back to that pure thoughts idea.”
“But if people want to know how to get closer to God, shouldn’t I give them answers? But how can I do that, when I don’t know the answers? I mean what kind of preacher would I be, if I stood up there and told them to do something I can’t do? They look up to me! They expect me to have integrity! Hey, maybe that’s what I can do my sermon on. Integrity -- Let’s see what the dictionary says. Integrity is the same as honesty, truth, truthfulness. Yeah I can just see if I was honest. Get up there and say. I can’t help you get closer to God, because I don’t know how myself.”
“I can’t do that! They expect me to be their leader! Leaders can’t show weakness! They can’t admit it when they’ve failed. I can’t admit to them that I’ve failed! Can I? Admit to them that I don’t feel close to God. No, I don’t think so . . .”
“Honey,” his wife shook his arm.
“And now Pastor Dave will give us his sermon,” the music minister announced.
“What?” He had daydreamed through the whole service. “Oh, thanks Tom,” he said as he rose to walk to the podium.
“Wow! Pastor, that message must need lots of prayers! You’ve had your head bowed through the whole service.” The music minister kidded him.
“More than you’ll ever know, Tom” the pastor said as he reached the pulpit. He turned to face the audience. “Have any of you ever had problems getting close to God? Have you ever felt like your prayers bounce right back down to you from the ceiling? Well, I have.” He paused “As a matter of fact I still do . . .”
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