Today's Word for Pastors...
First to those in Damascus, then to those in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and to the Gentiles also, I preached that they should repent and turn to God and prove their repentance by their deeds.
Today's Preaching Insight...
Sermons must be rooted in God's Word
In his book The Passion-Driven Sermon (Broadman & Holman), Jim Shaddix reminds us that scripture must be the foundation of every sermon.
"While it is certainly not wrong for a preacher to utilize information from outside the Bible to support, illustrate, or apply the truth of God's Word, a line is crossed when the observations and assertions of some other preacher, psychologist, researcher, or futurist become the primary content of sermons. And it doesn't matter whether the contentions are those of a Christian or non-Christian. . . . Regardless of how enticing it may be, human wisdom will never positively affect the spiritual makeup of mankind."
According to wire service reports, a New York man has set a record for the most records in the Guinness Book of World Records. His name is Ashrita Furman, and he is the first person to hold 100 records at the same time. His records include a mass poetry reading of the poem "Precious" in 111 languages, 27,000 jumping jacks in five hours, and eating 38 M&Ms with chopsticks in one minute.
Furman has held 234 total records, but many have been broken. He is quoted as saying, "I believe we all have an inner strength that we very rarely use." He also said, "I just love the challenge of trying to be the best in the world in something." While we might question the need to be the best at something rather than to simply do our best, we would all probably agree that we have inner strength we rarely use.
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