Studies have shown that real values change rarely if ever comes as a result of our hearing a message. On the surface, that's pretty discouraging news to folks who do what I do for a living. But the rest of the studies say that values change happens in inter-personal relationship. What this tells me is that Sunday morning is not about my words, my message or my illustrations. It is about the presence of God in our midst, His words, His message and His illuminations. So this morning I pray, as I do each week, for His presence to be unavoidable in this place, that people would enjoy a meaningful time of connection with Him - and that the words of my mouth and the meditations of our hearts will be pleasing to Him.
As I type this Jesse and the worship band are preparing. I can hear the music throughout the building. What a blessing it is to have these talented folks usher us into the Lord's presence each week at Christ's Church.
Confessions of a preacher... I am nervous. But, He's good. See you in an hour.