Archive for February 2nd, 2020

Hell, Fire, and Damnation?

The Recovering Legalist

Preaching

Have you ever heard of “hell, fire, and damnation preaching”? Or, maybe it should be spelled hell-fire and damnation.” I don’t know. Either way, the meaning is pretty much the same: it’s hardcore, old-fashioned, pulpit-whacking, snot-slinging, hankey-waving, chandelier-swinging preaching that unleashes the fear of righteous judgment. Haaaymen!

Well, that’s really not my style, for the most part. Believe me, I can do my fair share of pulpit banging, but I’m not the type to jump across the stage like the legendary evangelist Billy Sunday. I’m more like the picture of me in the sidebar of this blog; I usually keep both feet on the ground … usually.

That being said, what most people expect out of a Baptist preacher like me when preaching on the subject of Hell is the yelling, spitting, and pulpit banging associated with “hell, fire, and damnation,” not a heartfelt plea with a…

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This Sunday at Church: Share Your Prayer Request with someone

Our little church has a prayer team. It meets each Sunday before the main service to pray for the general needs of the congregation and our world, some are present at the end fir specific prayer needs, and each Saturday at someone’s house. There is always someone available.
Just like Jim, I will also ask for prayer: on top of being the Youth Pastor, I am a barista at a local coffee shop as well as a wedding officiant. All three professions have recently offered increased responsibility: more of a supervisory/outreach role with my friend’s officiancy ministry, assistant manager position at the coffee shop, and becoming the newest elder at the church. It is a lot of new responsibilities all at once, especially in the lives of the congregation. Please pray for wisdom, grace, effective time management, energy, and of course love for me to lead and shepherd well. And to know when to say no!

Daniel

The Domain for Truth

This Sunday at Church I want to encourage you to do the following: Share Your Prayer Request with someone.

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VerseD: Colossians 3:1

If then you have been raised with Christ, seek the things that are above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.
Colossians 3:1, ESV

We should not be focused on earthly goods and fame. Rather, we should “seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness” (Matthew 6:33) to be shared with the world, to make Christ famous.