"Let it Be" - Rev. Liz Miller

January 16, 2022 - John 2: 1-11

A Note About Preaching - from Rev. Dr. Jack Miller

Charles "Chuck" Swindoll, the well-known evangelical pastor, author, educator, and radio preacher once said, "If I ever write a book on preaching, it would contain only three words:  Preach the Word! Get rid of all the other stuff that gets you sidetracked; Preach the Word!"
It's hard to argue the point. The best sermons are often those based on scripture alone and the guidance of the Spirit; not those mired in scholarship. Admittedly, I'm a research junkie. In grad school, I would spend too much time researching a paper and end up scrambling to get it written on time. Even now I will often spend hours sifting through volumes of material written on the text of a sermon, gathering pages of background and insight, consulting several websites and commentaries, only to find myself led in a totally different direction by the Spirit; the piles of research left on a corner of my desk to mock me. When will I ever learn? Mr. Swindoll is right. Sometimes you must put aside all that stuff and just Preach the Word!

If you find yourselves touched by the messages Rev. Liz and I share each week, remember this, we are only the conduit of God's message; not the source. We are called, as Charles Swindoll put it, to Preach the Word. So, praise the Lord for God’s gift to you, and then do something with that gift; pass it and a blessing onto someone else. In this, we all become preachers of the Good News. In the life we live, the compassion we show, and the gifts of love we share with each other, we each become an instrument through which Christ can reach out and touch our world today. Now, go out and Preach the Word!

Amen?  Amen!