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“It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.”

by Bob Hostetler

DesperatePastor.com

Date Published: 10/22/2013

If you’re not in the habit of praying before you preach, here’s a good place to start.
Dear Lord, you have sent me into this world to preach your word. So often the problems of the world seem so complex and intricate that your word strikes me as embarrassingly simple. Many times I feel tongue-tied in the company of people who are dealing with the world’s social and economic problems.

But you, O Lord, said, “Be clever as serpents and innocent as doves.” Let me retain innocence and simplicity in the midst of this complex world. I realize that I have to be informed, that I have to study the many aspects of the problems facing the world, and that I have to try to understand as well as possible the dynamics of contemporary society.

But what really counts is that all this information, knowledge and insight allow me to speak more clearly and unambiguously your truthful word.

For the rest of the prayer…

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