The Wanderer

As I walked through the wilderness of this world …

Fire in the dry sticks

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We cannot afford to go through the motions when we preach. We must reach the point at which we look at the words on the page or the screen, or review the things that are stirring in our minds and hearts, consider whatever notes that we have made to enable us to communicate the truth as it is in Jesus, and acknowledge that they will be as dry as a stick without heavenly influence. And that should drive us to our knees before God crying out to make his words effective in the hearts and lives of men, to do that thing which beggars human expectation and to make his word to prosper in the thing for which he sent it (Is 55.11), to bring the holy hammer of truth down with divine might on the stones of human hearts (Jer 23.29), and to glorify his name in salvation in its most complete sense.

And so we should gather up those dry sticks of our intended discourse, and pile them before God, and ask for fire from heaven.

Thoughts on preaching at Reformation21.

Written by Jeremy Walker

Saturday 10 March 2012 at 19:00

Posted in Pastoral theology

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  1. Thanks, Jeremy. This is very timely as my husband is even now finishing a sermon on Psalm 51 he’ll be giving tomorrow at a church here in Elizabethtown, KY. We are going to implore the fire of God to light the “dry sticks.” THANK YOU.

    Mary Thomas

    Saturday 10 March 2012 at 21:32

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