For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those whom he predestined he also called, and those whom he called he also justified, and those whom he justified he also glorified.
During a Sermon
During a sermon does your mind ever drift from what the preacher is preaching? Such drift is both necessary and potentially fruitful … or dangerous, depending upon where it drifts. If your thoughts move from the sermon to personal application, that’s good and healthy. If you mind drifts to extraneous distractions, beware.
During a recent Bethlehem sermon, my thoughts shifted to the topic of greed, and I thought this: Greed is not merely craving more, but is intent upon not losing or sharing what one already has. Picture a small child who tenaciously hangs onto a toy, simply because somebody else wants it. He doesn’t want more toys; he just doesn’t want to share the one he has.
That greedy little tyke is … me, when I fail to renounce all worldly claims upon my stuff, my time, my place, my position, my privacy, my, my, my …
Pastor Sam Crabtree is Bethlehem's Pastor for Small Groups, North.