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Tear Fund, Soul Jam and Jesus gets mad

Good Sunday in Church today.
Andrew from Tear Fund came and shared how the $3000 we raised at Christmas will help two villages, about 200 families, will get water...thus enabling girls to go to school, dysentry and vomiting to decrease, and infant mortality drop by 50%...thats pretty awesome actually, that together, we could do that.

Jim Mc Kinnon (older guy at church) led out Community Choir, Soul Jam, in a rendition of 'God's Radar' which brought the house down, it was funny, moving...great!

I spoke on Jesus' passion for His Fathers House, and what it drove Him to....get mad. I enjoyed the story, and explaining some of it. Got a heap of feedback, which was great. A few visitors commented that they liked that I spoke about 25 minutes, to the point, good content etc. I am always amazed that some preachers speak for 45 plus minutes. Unless you are at a conference, that is...in my view...too long, and that is normally the feedback given. To bore people is a sin..I reckon. I also think, on a typical Sunday morning, the skill is in condensing the message, or maybe distilling it is a better word. Either way, its not about what I have to say, but God's. I reckon if you are waffling...its about you!

3 comments:

  Middo

12:36 pm

then you get some places where 45 minutes is considered a remarkebly short sermon;)

  PhunkiePhresh

11:35 am

Preach until GOD TELLS you to stop and finish. Its about God's spirit and what He wants to do. You always have to get out what God's trying to say. Listen to Him and what He says. He will bring it out. im praying for you.

  Middo

9:13 am

Phunkie, no disrespect but I find that often this idea is used by Pastors as an excuse as to why they preach long, winding sermons. Its used as an excuse because the Pastor has waited until Sunday morning to hear from the Spirit rather than spending the week listening to the Spirit as the sermon is prepared.

I have no issue with Pastors changing sermons on Sunday from what they prepared because of 'the Spirit', but far to many IMO just use that as a reason why they must preach for an hour and a half, when really it is because they haven't spent appropriate time preparing for it.

Most sermons I hear that go for more than 40 minutes are very, very waffly and not good communication. And most people I speak to tune out well before 40 minutes as well.

Long sermons should be the exception IMO, not the norm.

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