to my young friend Timothy

June 6, 2017

I am frequently asked “how;” how do you write something every day, I’m never asked “why”.

Why, is as simple an answer as how, excitement; the great preacher C.H. Spurgeon always talked about not handling the bible casually, but to handle it like a workman, a laborer, mining nuggets of truth. It was said that he would dress in the clothes of a common laborer when he was working on his sermons because he never wanted to take casually the handling of God’s word.

That my friends is reverence and honor and respecting the Bible. And it answers the why, everyday there is new discovery, every day I think “how could I’ve never seen that before, or how did I miss that. And the excitement about the new vista, the new horizon, the higher plain that leads to another new find is the why. I have to share the blessing.

The hard part each day is determining the part that is personal, just for me, something that God is laying on my heart that is private, personal and portends something to hide and consider in my own heart and not share. Compared with the nugget, the truth, the blessing that in study I know God wants me to share and put up for the daily devotion or from the pulpit.

So, I’m very careful about having personal devotions versus sermonizing. It’s an important lesson to learn early in a preacher’s life. It’s the main reason young preachers think their sermon bombed. The excitement, the thrill when God lays something on your heart during your bible time, and you haven’t learned yet the difference between the pearl God has dropped into your heart just for you, it’s private, personal, just for yourself. But because you haven’t learned that yet, you build it into a sermon and bam Sunday morning comes and you lay it all out thus and so, and the thrill, the burning coal God laid in your heart, just for you and you alone, goes out of your pulpit and lays there like a dead bird, it never reaches the first row of pews.

Let me tell you what you will think, first you will doubt your calling; then you’ll doubt your ability, then you blame your congregation. But the truth is you haven’t learned to distinguish between a private blessing and self-revelation from God to help you grow, and the public revelation that God gives for the pulpit. And until you do you will have great discouragement in your life as a preacher.

Study and do your best to present yourself to God approved, a workman [tested by trial] who has no reason to be ashamed, accurately handling and skillfully teaching the word of truth. (2 Timothy 2:15 Amplified Version.)

God bless from


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