Saturday Evening Post – June 25, 2016

Good evening everyone. It has been a long day but a great day. Got some things done I have been needing to do so that I can complete a couple of projects I’ve been working on. Part of that included painting which happens to be on of my least favorite things to do. The entire family came at various times through and by the time the late afternoon arrived we had 9 grandkids here with 5 of their friends. They have really enjoyed themselves in the pool and shooting basketball. The hotdogs and hamburgers weren’t bad either!

I’m not quite ready with the next point for discussion regarding issues in the church today. I will have it ready for next week. This one will be close to home for all of us and I want to make sure that I present it in such a way that we will understand  and realize that we really have no one else to blame but ourselves for our present spiritual condition. We may be the biggest problem.

I hope each of you have a great Sunday and experience a fresh touch from our Lord. Until next week, may God richly bless you and those you love.


The Lack of Real Gospel Preaching

Let’s start this discussion with a question. How long has it been since you heard a real gospel message from the pulpit? I’m not talking about some watered down version that doesn’t really tell the full story of man’s predicament. And then some call to just surrender. Today there are many preachers that don’t even give an altar call. What has happened to the power of the pulpit?

I can remember a time that when God’s man got behind the podium everyone waited in anticipation to hear a word from God through His servant. But it seems that the pulpits of today are full of men that don’t appear to have spent any time with God before they deliver their sermon. As a matter of fact, I’m reluctant to call it a message because in order for there to be a message from God the preacher must first hear from God then share it with the people. Most of what you here today in the average church is canned sermons that have no meat to them and certainly don’t present a clear gospel message for the ears of the lost sinner in the audience. They attempt to make things happen by presenting calculated and targeted sermons instead of relying on the real power of God’s Word. What has happened to the power of the pulpit?  

Another question. When is the last time you really felt the presence of the Holy Spirit during the sermon? I’m talking about the convicting Holy Spirit that reveals to us our sinful condition. The Holy Spirit that dwells inside each believer so that we can have fellowship with the Father. The Holy Spirit that draws lost men to the Father because of the power of the gospel that has been presented by God’s man. If it has been a while, one of three things is probably wrong. The message is not being presented from the pulpit or our fellowship has been broken because of unconfessed sin in our lives. Or we don’t belong to Him. What has happened to the power of the pulpit?   

I don’t know about you but I long for those days again when God’s man delivers a message from God Himself and it is apparent that God’s man has been with God before he brought the message. And no matter what the topic is, somewhere in the message is a clear and convicting presentation of the real gospel. I must admit that over the last several months I have had the opportunity to hear the gospel presented in virtually every message the pastor has brought and it is refreshing to my soul. I hope and pray that each reader can say the same thing or find a church to attend where that is the case. Again, What has happened to the power of the pulpit?

Let’s pray that God will restore that power by raising up more preacher’s willing to take on the task.

Saturday Evening Post – June 11, 2016

Good evening to all. Today has not been just another day for me. It has been a day of reflecting back over the last 45 years and being reminded of how blessed I am to have been married to my wonderful wife for so many years. It seems like only yesterday that I came out of my high school locker room after football practice and saw her standing there. I remember very well what she was wearing and how I thought she was the most amazing thing I had ever seen. And the truth of the matter is that she still is!

I hope all of you had a great week and are looking forward to being in the Lord’s house with God’s people tomorrow. I know I am. Especially after being away on vacation and missing the last two Sundays. I need a fresh touch of His hand on my life and a fresh word from His word.

I think I’m about ready to start the new series on issues in today’s church. I have been working on what I consider one of the major issues if not the greatest one facing the local church. As a matter of fact, it is probably the biggest reason for so many churches closing its doors in the past few years. And it is so basic and simple. But you will have to wait until next week to find out what it is.

There is a lot going on in our world today that is so far removed from what I believe God desires. Sometimes I wonder why He continues to tarry. But I’m beginning to be like John in the Revelation. So I say like John, “Come Lord Jesus!” Amen and amen.

God bless each of you.



Saturday Evening Post – June 4, 2016

Good evening all. I hope everyone had a great week because I sure did. Our trip to Washington DC and Williamsburg was wonderful. I have been so reminded that I should be forever grateful to God for allowing me to be born in these United States of America. And at the same time, it is somewhat depressing to realize how far away from our roots we have gotten in just the last few years.

From Jamestown, the first permanent settlement, to the writing of the Declaration of Independence, to the Revolutionary War, to the framing of the Constitution and then to the formation of our system of government, the history I have seen and heard this week makes it very obvious that our forefathers founded this country using God’s word as its foundation. Even through the many conflicts, many men of great faith fought for the freedom of this country and it’s citizens. The World War II, Korean Conflict and Vietnam memorials and the changing of the guard at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier is a reminder that we still exist as a country because of the mercy and grace of God.

All of this is why I have such a hard time with the people I saw this week that are not Americans and seem to be here to benefit themselves but not giving anything back in return. If nothing else, they should at least be required to learn to speak our language.

I hope all of you have a great day in the Lord tomorrow. Will you join me in praying that our nation will return to God and His word in hopes that God will bless America again?