Sunday Afternoon Ramblings

What a great day of worship at DHWC! So many things to say, so much going on, but it all boils down to this: God was present in our service today.

My morning started today at about 6:00 am when I went to the office to finish and print the bulletins. Of course, this involved a little bit of work, but it was so very nice to be able to hang out in the peace and quiet of the church for a couple of hours and just bask in the excitement that was building in advance of our worship. This morning, it was almost palpable! I love it!

I hope you had as much fun with the message today as I did. Fishing is something that I really enjoy even though I’m not all that great at it and don’t get to do it nearly as much as I should. And memories of Verne (who passed away a few years ago) are particularly applicable when it comes to evangelism. He always knew the right bait to use, the right spot to fish in, and the right method to use to catch something. All of that was essential to being a successful fisherman. Similarly, as fishers of men, we must make sure that we have the right message (i.e., the good news of Jesus that, if we will just repent and believe, we too can be saved to eternal life!), the right spot (wherever Jesus is, right behind Him every step of the way!), and the right priorities (Jesus first, then everything else!). Now, as we talked about this morning, none of these things guarantees success in fishing or in evangelism. But if we’re not doing them, we are guaranteed to fail.

So now it’s time to go fishing for men and women. This spring, we’re gearing up for a summer of outreach, which we’ll be talking about increasingly over the next few weeks. This morning’s discussion about what it takes to be a fisher of men will be exceptionally relevant in this effort. But again, the essential thing is that we must get out and fish.

And remember, as we learned from the story of Verne this morning, you don’t have to have new, fancy, or shiny stuff to be a great fisherman. And you don’t have to belong to a new church, have fancy programs, or a shiny presentation of the gospel to be a great fisher of men. The key is, just be real. Build a relationship with the people and show them what God has done in your life, and what He wants to do in theirs.

Well, it’s bed time at my house. As always, it’s a great privilege and joy to be your pastor! Let’s go catch some men (and women) for Jesus!

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