First Presbyterian Church

First Presbyterian Church
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Belvidere, IL 61008
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Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Script #85


Beloved,

If you're interested in some inspirations/indigestions from my recent wedding in Florida, click on www.koppdisclosure.com for Detour or Deepening?

Speaking of inspirations/indigestions, I preached at the stated meeting of Blackhawk Presbytery on 6/12; and while that's not especially noteworthy to anyone at First or anywhere else, there's a story behind that inspiring/indigesting moment.

Aurora, Illinois' Westminster Presbyterian Church hosted the meeting; and the host pastor is supposed to preach at the worship service prior to the business session.

Chuck, our friend and my covenant brother who has preached here and is Westminster's pastor, told me that I was going to preach.

I said I did not want to preach at the presbytery meeting because I get enough of people judging me and my sermons at First and it's even worse when a bunch of clergy...

You know what I mean.

Despite my protests, he insisted.

Well, about an hour before the service, he revealed why he insisted I preach: "I asked God what I was supposed to preach about; and He told me, 'Kopp is supposed to preach.'"

Whoa.

Anyway, some members of First who heard it have insisted that I preach that sermon at First.  Again, I did not want to because it's pretty, uh, intense.  They have insisted.  So I will preach it this Sunday at 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.

It's either the most prophetic or pathetic...

You be the judge.

I'm just trying to be faithful; recalling what I tell homiletics students: "If it's not worth preaching twice, it's not worth preaching once."

Getting back to Chuck, he recommended this link on "courage" to me from his alma mater and I'm passing it on to you.

Blessings and Love!





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