Archive for August, 2008

Motivation

Friday, August 22nd, 2008 at 3:41 pm

In a book I am reading, Christ Centered Preaching, I came across some great quotes.

Sermons that merely instruct – don’t drink, don’t smoke, don’t lust, don’t procrastinate – will lead to little spiritual maturity, even if parishioners do all they are told. page 211

Make sure that you motivate believers primarily by grace, not by guilt or greed. If God has freed his people from the guilt and power of sin, then preachers have no right to put believers back under the weight Jesus bore. For many preachers, this is a particularly difficult imperative because in their own experience they have been so motivated by unrelenting guilt or by subtle appeal to greed that they have no real concept of what else could motivate people to serve God. In fact, they fear that without the burden of guilt (“God will get you if you don’t”) or the leverage of greed (“God will give you more if you do”), they will have no means to motivate obedience.

If we serve God primarily because we believe he will love us less if we do not, punish us more if we do less, or withhold blessing until we are sufficiently holy, then we are not obeying God for his glory but are pursuing our own self-interests. In such cases, the chief goal of our obedience is personal promotion or personal protection rather than the glory of God. page 219

Do you preach an attitude of gratitude or one of guilt and greed?

Posted in Quick Thoughts
by Gordy

How close is God?

Wednesday, August 13th, 2008 at 2:48 pm

He can get there quicker than right now.

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Hearing God speak

Wednesday, August 6th, 2008 at 9:08 pm

Harold Sightler once stated on his radio program that God spoke to him. Later, a listener asked him if he meant that he heard an audible voice. He replied: “Oh no, it was much clearer than that!”

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Grandchildren

Monday, August 4th, 2008 at 8:42 pm

Grandchildren are the reward for not killing your children. Unknown

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Worry

Saturday, August 2nd, 2008 at 11:19 am

Worry is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do, but won’t get you anywhere. Vance Habner

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy

Being offended

Friday, August 1st, 2008 at 11:01 pm

I noticed whenever I got offended it was when I thought too much of myself.Earl Hughes

Posted in One Liners
by Gordy