First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
221 North Main Street
Belvidere, IL 61008
815-544-6402

Monday, October 3, 2011

Script #6


Beloved,

We're having a staff lunch to celebrate two birthdays.

Anyone who has children understands why I bought the same thing for both of 'em.

As I was about to package/wrap 'em, I noticed the advisory: "Batteries not included!"

Geez.

It reminds me of two of yesterday's conversations after "doing" church.

One said, "It's happening in our church.  I can feel it.  I'm getting so close to God and feeling closer and closer to people in the church; and I just want to love Him and serve Him and..."

Another asked, "What's happened to our church?  I don't feel a sense of fellowship with..."

How can two people in the same church have such different experiences?

Geez.

It reminds me of something very similar said by Samuel and Jesus: "It's a matter of the heart."

When I teach preaching, I teach a valuable insight taught to me: "There are three parties to every sermon: God, communicator, and hearer."

If the communicator has a heart for God, she/he delivers a message that is true to Him.

If the hearer has a heart for God, she/he hears a message that is true to Him through His.

It's same with church.

Batteries not included.

You've got to...

Blessings and Love!

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