Sunday’s sermon was about being clean vs. unclean. That makes some people nervous.
Sin makes us unclean. God can wash us clean.
Even after salvation, we sin. I don’t know about you, but I feel dirty from my sin.
Did you ever go back and read Isaiah 1 after Sunday? It hurts to read it, because the preacher (Isaiah) knows how destructive sin is, and how much it will hurt the people he’s preaching too.
I hate when you know to do good, and do it not (James 4:17). It hurts me. My wife and I have long conversations about you—YOU—seriously… you, by name. If you’re reading this, we talk about YOU and dream about how God will use YOU some day if you’ll continue to serve him.
We fear the world’s influence in ALL your lives—more so for some of you—and my first reaction is always to ask, “How can I preach the Word to help them avoid the pain that their sin will bring?”
My reaction is preaching. Mrs. Jamie’s reaction is serving, texting, relating, loving, etc. Our reaction together, as a married unit, is to try to figure out how to help you.
We just started reading a Proverb a day as a family at breakfast. I love it. I forgot how GOOD Proverbs is. Man, it’s packed with warnings!
I foresee some of you ignoring the warnings and getting hurt, and it hurts me to see that. No, I’m not Yoda—I can see the future a lot clearer than he can.
When the Word gets up in your business, challenging you to not just DO more, but to have a broken spirit and a contrite heart… listen to it. Obey the Word. Heed it. Hear it. Incline your ear to it. Bend your heart to God’s will.
It’s not rude, after all. In fact, it’s love. Hm.
– Bro. Ryan