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I have spent this week in Rome at the Proclaimers Place preaching seminar. I have been challenged, inspired, and strengthened by the study of scripture, discussion of preaching, and visits to historic Christian sites.
I was reminded this week that the bow that is always bent will soon break. I have always been reminded you need batting practice, as it were, to work on your swing to be more effective in the batter’s box (pulpit). This week has been very refreshing.
I mentioned last week my plans to host a preaching conference at the Shiloh Church in 2014. The scheduled date for this event is September 24-26, 2014. More details to come.
Thanks for the notes of encouragement for my book, It Happens After Prayer.
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The right word may be effective, but no word was ever as effective as a rightly timed paused. – Mark Twain
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The Most Important Commandment
And one of the scribes came up and heard them disputing with one another, and seeing that he answered them well, asked him, “Which commandment is the most important of all?” Jesus answered, “The most important is, ‘Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this:‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these.” And the scribe said to him, “You are right, Teacher. You have truly said that he is one, and there is no other besides him. And to love him with all the heart and with all the understanding and with all the strength, and to love one’s neighbor as oneself, is much more than all whole burnt offerings and sacrifices.” And when Jesus saw that he answered wisely, he said to him, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” And after that no one dared to ask him any more questions. – Mark 12:28-34 Armies win…