Today, we find ourselves in a society where we have less and less time away. Preachers are no exception, many of us work constantly. Sometimes we fall into the trap of judging ourselves by how busy we are. A few years ago when they were more prominent, people saw carrying a beeper as a sign of “importance.” Today it may be checking email or posting a Facebook status update on our smart phone.
We are busy, but what are we doing? Sometimes you can be so busy doing things that you don’t ever take a step back and see how this busyness affects our congregations, families, friendships, and even our connection to God.
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For the kingdom of God does not consist in talk but in power.
1 Corinthians 4:20 (ESV)
The church needed a new fax machine. An email thread was circulating among various church leaders. A deacon wrote the specifications of the machine. The information technology person wrote that it was in stock at the store. Someone else said that we need to hurry up if we are going to buy it because that model doesn’t stay around long. Then the associate pastor reminded the group that if we hurry we can catch the treasurer before she goes home for the day. Someone else asked about the return policy on the machine. Then someone else asked how the church could ensure only proper use of the machine. The emails went on for a few more minutes. A lot of typing was happening, but no one was buying the machine.
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But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
I remember last year during a football game one of the few times that the Tennessee Titans were driving to the goal. In the middle of a play, the screen went totally blank. I pressed the on-button on my remote control and watched nothing happen. I jumped up and ran to the television to press some buttons on the TV. Nothing happened. The screen sat blank, and I was missing the game. Upon examination of the room, I saw that the television was plugged into the power strip. It was plugged in but it was dead. Read more ›