Another busy weekend. I’ve noticed that I don’t blog much on the weeks I preach in church. Balancing work during the week, family time, and sermon prep time takes its toll. Here lately, blogging has gotten the short end of the stick. My heart really goes out to men who are called to be bi-vocational pastors. I know it’s not easy. In the near future I am going to have to make some changes in order to not short change my family time.
Part of my problem is that I can’t do things halfway. When I am preaching, I can’t just get up and just say whatever comes to mind and goof off. I want to be prepared, I want to truly have a message that God has put on my heart. That takes time, time spent in preparation, prayer, and study. Quite honestly, on Sunday afternoons I am wiped out. I don’t understand why, but I am more tired after preaching than anything else I do, both physically and mentally. But there is something about preaching and teaching that makes you fully alive.
This weekend, I knew I had a fairly long message, but it was one that I really felt God had burdened me with. I know usually on Easter you talk about the resurrection, but I kept coming back to the cross and specifically to the forgiveness that Christ offers. This morning the music was good, the sharing was good, the message was long and heavy, but I did feel God moving in our mist. Several people made decisions for Christ this morning, and that makes it all worth it. This afternoon I was able to take a nap, play with the kids in the yard, go eat a big meal at my parents house, and just unwind. A great Easter Sunday, celebrating that Jesus is alive. God is good.
One more thing, Check back here in a few weeks for a big announcement for Cornerstone!