Sunday, January 18, 2009

The Silent Sermon............

The Silent Sermon

A member of a certain church, who previously had been attending
regularly, stopped going. After a few weeks, the preacher
decided to
visit him.

It was a chilly evening. The preacher found the man at home alone,
sitting before a blazing fire. Guessing the reason for his preachers
visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the
fireplace and waited.

The preacher made himself at home but said nothing. In the grave
he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning
logs. After
some minutes, the preacher took the fire tongs, carefully
picked up a
brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the
hearth all alone
then he sat back in his chair, still silent.

The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone
flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow
and then its
fire was no more. Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The preacher
glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave. He slowly
up, picked up the cold dead ember and placed it back in the
middle of
the fire. Immediately it began to glow once more with the
light and
warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the preacher reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear
running down his cheek, 'Thank you so much for your visit and
for the fiery sermon. I shall be back in church next Sunday.'

We live in a world today which tries to say too much with too little.
Consequently, few listen. Sometimes the best sermons are the ones

Psalms 23
The Lord is my Shepherd ----- that's a Relationship!
I shall not want ----- that's Supply!
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures ----that's Rest!
He leadeth me beside the still waters -----that's Refreshment!
He restoreth my soul ----- that's Healing!
He leadeth me in the paths of righteousness --that's Guidance!
For His name sake ----- that's Purpose !
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death--that's Testing!
I will fear no evil ----- that's Protection!
For Thou art with me ----- that's Faithfulness!
Thy rod and Thy staff they comfort me -----that's Discipline!
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies------that's Hope!
Thou annointest my head with oil ----- that's Consecration!
My cup runneth over ----- that's Abundance!
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life----that's Blessing!
And I will dwell in the house of the Lord -----that's Security!
Forever ----- that's Eternity!

Face it; God is crazy about you!

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