Preaching Daily - July 20

Today's Word for Pastors...

For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. - Colossians 3:3

Today's Preaching Insight...

'The Secret' Is Self-Centeredness

In a recent article about the book The Secret, pastor Mel Lawrenz writes: "The Secret, you see, is all about the self—it's for the self, obsessed with the self. Newsweek offers this critique: "On an ethical level, The Secret appears deplorable. It concerns itself almost entirely with a narrow range of middle-class concerns—houses, cars, and vacations, followed by health and relationships, with the rest of humanity a very distant sixth."

Professor Robert Thompson of Syracuse University says: "The Secret promises this heaven on Earth in one fell swoop by simply desiring something, by simply wanting it. It's amazing how we really are a nation of, at best, great optimists, at worst, real suckers."

What The Secret reveals is that so many people are so desperately unhappy that they will snatch up anything offering hope—or simply offering quick and easy wealth. My question is, who will be there to pick up the pieces when they discover that they bought into a lie? And who will help the people who believe that they brought every misfortune on themselves because they sent negative thoughts and feelings out into the universe like a human radio transmitter?

How different from the message of Jesus: The first will be last, and the last will be first. Lose your life, and you will find it."

(Click here to read the full article.)

Today's Extra...

Giving, Generosity, Sacrifice

Richard J. Mouw, president of Fuller Seminary, wrote in his recent article inTheology, News & Notes: "The story is told of a missionary who, after a lifetime spent serving an island community, was called back to his home country. His dear friend, a local chief, gave him a plant as a parting gift, for which he crossed the island and back on foot. The missionary was moved and perplexed: the same plant grew nearby -- why travel so far? The chief replied, ‘The journey is part of the gift.'"

Sometimes it's not so much what we give, as it is how far we're willing to go to give it. (from Steve Eutsler, Springfield, MO)

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