From the Pastor's Pen


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May:  Pastor's Message


      

 

       Psychologists tell us that the greatest fear most people have it not death (that's #2) - it's public speaking.

 

         That was true of a young man who felt called to the ministry, so he put off his preaching class until his senior year of seminary.  But finally, it came time for hime to deliver a sermon about Easter, from memory, in chapel.

 

        He looked out at all the expectant faces of his classmates and professors.  "Brothers and sisters in Christ, do you know what I'm going to say?"  When they all shook their heads in the negative, he said, "Neither do I.  Please stand for the benediction."

 

        The preaching professor was infuriated.  He came to the young man and, in a low but stern voice, said, "I am not going to put up with your tomfoolery.  Tomorrow, you will preach about Easter."


         The next day, the young student began as he had the first: "Brothers and sisters in Christ, do you know what I'm going to say?"  This time, his fellow students had grins on their faces and they nodded their heads in the affirmative. With a sigh of relief, he said:  "Since you already know, there's not point in my saying it.  Let's stand for the benediction."

 

          Livid with anger, the professor rushed up to him before most folks had even left their pews and screamed, "I'll give you one more chance.  Tomorrow you will preach a sermon about  Easter or I will expel you."

 

          The third day, virtually everyone in the seminary was present in chapel.  The young man was petrified, and he spoke the same words he's uttered the previous two days:  "Brothers and sisters in Christ, do you know what I'm going to say?"  Some nodded their heads in the affirmative; others, who had witnessed the scene with the preaching professor the day before, shook their heads in the negative.  The scared student said, "Let those who know tell those who don't."

           The preaching professor jumped to his feet and shouted, "Now that is an Easter sermon!"

 

          Jesus said, "I am the resurrection and the life.  He who believes in Me will live, even though he dies, and whoever lives and believes in Me will never die"  (John 11:25-26).

 

          Let those who know tell those who don't!!

 

          We have four action-packed Sundays this month.  Plan to be here... and be sure to bring a friend or two with you.

 

   

Yours in Christ, 

~~~Pastor David Williamson

 

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