I’m becoming more convinced that there is spiritual energy that comes only through spending time with God, alone with him and in his word.
I believe that Stanley Shipp told the campus ministry in Santa Barbara that a leader needs to spend an hour a day alone with God in reading, meditation and prayer. (Isn’t that what you told me, Lois?)
This is very hard to do. I’m retired, and I still let other things, including good things, crowd into my quiet time with God.
Reflections of a preacher’s wife:
I didn’t profit as I should have from sermon or devotional times, because I spent too much time hoping that the “others”–in the church, in the family–were getting the lesson.
It was even harder for Glenn–TWO sermons every week–especially hard when he was fathering a large family, teaching school part time, and going to SDSU at night!
During that time his “sermon” was sometimes reading an article from a church bulletin we had received and making a few comments. Many of the sermon outlines he used were from sermons he had read or heard. Don Hopper was sharing the preaching ministry during those years, and he was probably getting his sermons the same way.
It was during this time that two of the members decided that the Holtville diet was too empty and started going to church in El Centro.
God may not have intended for sermons to be the church’s main diet; possibly they should be saved for special occasions…
But, back to my main point–God’s word must take precedent over other books. The books are written by good teachers or mentors; they can lead you back to the word to see something you haven’t seen before. But I see us buying one more book, and one more book, hoping the next one will solve all our problems, or, at least our current dilemma.
They do not satisfy. They may be “enriched” but part of the nutrients are missing.
I know that I am more verbally inclined than many people, but that might even be a stumbling block. My bites may be too big for efficient assimilation. I must become like a little child.
Matthew 11:25; Luke 10:21
The Bible was written in the common language of the day. We know for whom it was written.