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Wonderful imagery from Grace Church. gracechristiancenter.com
I have been in the pulpit at Dayspring for five years now, well actually, only for the last two years has the name been Dayspring. I have been preaching here at least every other week from 2000, every week since 2004. I started as a preacher, now I am a pastor, God has been good to me to stage me up in this manner. In His love and mercy He has let me grow in stages, matching my duties and responsibilities [at least to a degree] to my skill set and spiritual development. Going from preacher to pastor was shocking, scary and to be honest if I were not forced into it it would have never happened.
God called me into the ministry in 1977, soon after I became a believer after a “Pauline” experience. I responded in biblical fashion, like Jonah, I denied the call. I remember standing by the edge of the Susquehanna River in Wilkes-Barre yelling at a God whose existence I had denied just a short time before. I remember shouting with tears in my eyes, “I do not like Your churches,I do not like your people, I can’t stand your preachers, get somebody else!” [ Ah youth, foolish youth, truly wasted on the young as they say. ] Were my God not so merciful as to defy description, I would never have had the chance to serve Him and His people. I now love His church, and His people, however I am still a bit skeptical of His preachers, well some of them.
Once again the bar is being raised. I feel called to a greater commitment, a higher level of personal accountability, a greater degree of service and sanctification. Should we go to 2 services? Three? An old time traditional service at 9:15? I feel there are people who miss the liturgical beauty of an “old time” worship, with organ hymns and responsive readings. What about a Sunday night “unplugged” version with just guitar, no praise team, and a relaxed Q and A period? What about me elevating the bar on my personal prayer life and general lifestyle?
There are more questions than answers, but if you look in the above picture, the jumper is made less as the bar is raised, there must be less of me so that there may be more of Him.
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