A Preacher With No Words

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by: Rich Vaughan

07/28/2020

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It happens to everyone who writes their own devotions, sermons, books etc. At some point you hit the proverbial wall. The dreaded “writers block”.  Today is that day for me. I have wrestled with what to say that would guide our spiritual lives today and enrich our spiritual journey.  What I have decided to do is offer some sayings that are true and short and sweet. I will call them REV. RICH’S 10 SUGGESTIONS (not commandments): 

Read your Bible!          

Call someone! 

Say your prayers!         

Text someone! 

Don’t sin!                      

Send a note to someone! 

Love one another! 

Adopt an older person! 

Read a devotion!         

Pay for a meal for a stranger!

 

I don’t know if these are helpful or not but they are from the heart and they are part of being a follower of Christ. All of us should read our Bible. Not just the preacher to get ready to teach or preach, but every one of us should own a marked up, pages worn, Bible. I confess sometimes the only way I open my Bible is to prepare to study or preach. I have decided I need to add my Bible to my list of devotional books I begin my day with. I do say a lot of prayers, as your pastor I often have many of you on my prayer list. I NEVER SIN! (OK, I just did because I lied)  J The truth is, while we are not perfect we should try very hard to resist temptation and walking down the path that leads to sin. Reading your Bible helps with that issue, by the way! Loving one another is a Jesus commandment that we need to live out, and calling, texting and sending a note is a great way for us to remind people they are loved and thought about and could affect the day they are having in a wonderful positive way! Adopting an older person is a great idea, especially for youth and young adults. You may have an elderly neighbor who needs their bushes trimmed, their gutters cleaned out, their weeds picked, groceries picked up, etc. I think you get the picture. They might just like the chance to talk with you! And paying for a meal for a stranger (if you are in a position to do so) is a wonderful surprise gift, and often makes that person’s day and sometimes they “pay it forward”.  I will do this for our law enforcement and military people I see, or a frazzled Mom or Dad, or an older person that looks like it has not been a good day.

 

I guess what I am saying is that in this angry world right now, more than ever, we can be the heart and hands and voice of Christ. Why not take one or more (or all) of my suggestions and try it for a month and see if it doesn’t bless your life more than anyone whose path you cross!  Amen & Amen.

 

Agape,

Rev. Rich

It happens to everyone who writes their own devotions, sermons, books etc. At some point you hit the proverbial wall. The dreaded “writers block”.  Today is that day for me. I have wrestled with what to say that would guide our spiritual lives today and enrich our spiritual journey.  What I have decided to do is offer some sayings that are true and short and sweet. I will call them REV. RICH’S 10 SUGGESTIONS (not commandments): 

Read your Bible!          

Call someone! 

Say your prayers!         

Text someone! 

Don’t sin!                      

Send a note to someone! 

Love one another! 

Adopt an older person! 

Read a devotion!         

Pay for a meal for a stranger!

 

I don’t know if these are helpful or not but they are from the heart and they are part of being a follower of Christ. All of us should read our Bible. Not just the preacher to get ready to teach or preach, but every one of us should own a marked up, pages worn, Bible. I confess sometimes the only way I open my Bible is to prepare to study or preach. I have decided I need to add my Bible to my list of devotional books I begin my day with. I do say a lot of prayers, as your pastor I often have many of you on my prayer list. I NEVER SIN! (OK, I just did because I lied)  J The truth is, while we are not perfect we should try very hard to resist temptation and walking down the path that leads to sin. Reading your Bible helps with that issue, by the way! Loving one another is a Jesus commandment that we need to live out, and calling, texting and sending a note is a great way for us to remind people they are loved and thought about and could affect the day they are having in a wonderful positive way! Adopting an older person is a great idea, especially for youth and young adults. You may have an elderly neighbor who needs their bushes trimmed, their gutters cleaned out, their weeds picked, groceries picked up, etc. I think you get the picture. They might just like the chance to talk with you! And paying for a meal for a stranger (if you are in a position to do so) is a wonderful surprise gift, and often makes that person’s day and sometimes they “pay it forward”.  I will do this for our law enforcement and military people I see, or a frazzled Mom or Dad, or an older person that looks like it has not been a good day.

 

I guess what I am saying is that in this angry world right now, more than ever, we can be the heart and hands and voice of Christ. Why not take one or more (or all) of my suggestions and try it for a month and see if it doesn’t bless your life more than anyone whose path you cross!  Amen & Amen.

 

Agape,

Rev. Rich

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