I marvel at advances in technology and mass communication. Yet, Elijah on Mount Carmel needed to key no microphone.
“And Elijah came to all the people, and said, ‘How long will you falter between two opinions? If the LORD is God, follow Him; but if Baal, follow him (1 Kings 18:21NKJ).”
John the Baptist held crowds captive with his resounding call for repentance.
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand (Matthew 3:2b NKJ)!”
A multitude approximating three thousand heard and heeded Apostle Peter’s sermon at Pentecost.
“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36 NKJ).”
A Jerusalem stairway was Apostle Paul’s pulpit when Jews rejected his bold testimony.
Quoting Jesus message to him, he said, “Depart, for I will send you far from here to the Gentiles (Acts 22:21b NKJ).”
Jesus, seeing multitudes of followers, ascended a mountain and began to teach the Beatitudes.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit, For theirs is the kingdom of heaven (Matthew 5:3 NKJ)."
In my opinion, it makes no difference if God turned up the volume in voices of faithful servants or gave the gift of attuned hearing to listeners. Thus saith the LORD.
Turning from serious to silly, I recall an incident with a modern day minister. I, along with my Alabama pastor’s wife attended a women’s day function at a local church. Anticipating several hours of Bible study, worship, praise-music and fellowship, we arrived around nine that morning.
Before gathering with others in the sanctuary, I searched for a restroom. Once inside, I locked the door. When primped and presentable I fumbled with the doorknob to go back out to the sanctuary. My blood pressure rocketed, as repeated attempts to open the door were futile.
A woman in the hallway, hearing the racket I was making with the door, came to my rescue. Kindheartedly, she explained there was a problem with the doorknob. I noted that for the day’s frequent future trips. Flustered, I was eager to blend into the crowd making their way to pews.
The familiar face of a retired foreign missionary friend in the pulpit eased my tension. She welcomed us and then stepped aside to allow the pastor of the church to introduce himself. Casually dressed in blue jeans and tea shirt, he obviously did not intend to stay long.
Flashing a Pepsodent smile, he stepped up to the microphone. Jovial, he laughed and admitted feeling out of place in a room full of women. The normally dignified pastor likely had never appeared at a comedy club, but he tickled my funny bone.
He shared essential information about the location of rest rooms and proceeded to share a personal experience. Minutes before the start of a typical Sunday service, he had secured his lapel microphone on his shirt, and then made his way to the closest restroom.
Ready to leave, he discovered that the door would not budge. Did he panic? Did he pray? In desperation, he keyed his microphone. Worshipers heard his disgruntled voice through sanctuary loudspeakers, “Will someone please come and let your pastor out of the restroom?”
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