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prov·o·ca·tion - something that provokes, arouses, or stimulates. pant - to long eagerly; yearn. a collection of thoughts intended to provoke and inspire. these posts are hoping to encourage people to think, especially Christians, and pant even harder for the waterbrooks of the Lord. If you are not a believer in Christ Jesus, I welcome your perspective and encourage your investigation on these matters.

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Craftmanship Needed

I heard a great message this past Sunday at First Bible Church in Decatur, AL. Their pastor, Steve Bateman, has been going through a series on how to glorify God through work. This Sunday, he spoke on cultivating craftmanship in the workplace with his text being Colossians 3:22-24. I must say that this is a much-needed message. At the close of his message, he prayed something to this effect: "Lord, it is not that Decatur has not heard your gospel message that many are not saved; but it is that they have not seen good craftmanship among your people who preach your gospel." Man, that hit me hard. Where's the credibility to our message? It is built upon our character, our work, and our words. So much of Christianity has taken a black eye because so many Christians are lazy, short-cutters, cheap tippers, and the like. No, we should not do it because eyes are watching, but that the Eye is watching and will reward on that day. You can hear this message and others here. This message, I have come to learn, was prepared, presented, and proclaimed by a good craftman of God's Word. Let us listen and learn together what our Bible-belt folks really need.


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