For observant readers, this post may seem pointless. But others may not have noticed that I now have links on the blog for Michael’s sermons. I’ve been meaning to do this for quite some time, and I thought I’d tell you why.
It is an honor to be married to such a bold, yet caring preacher of God’s word. I’m so grateful to share this calling with him, and glad that God has allowed me to be a part of this work.
It takes tremendous courage to continue to preach God’s word faithfully, in the way God has revealed His Word to you, whether it’s popular or not.
I am able to see behind the scenes, so I know what goes into each Sunday morning. I can honestly say that God is real and powerful, and Michael is faithful and courageous. Some weeks it seems as if the Devil is throwing everything at us, and so what happens on Sunday morning in those times can feel miraculous.
There is no source of power for God’s people-for preaching, or teaching, or for anything else-except Christ Himself. Apart from Christ, anything which seems to be spiritual power is actually the power of the flesh.
Sometimes I wish I could share with you all how God has come through and shown His power. Most of those stories aren’t mine to tell, but often through those stories I am reminded that God is truly here. He is in control of things whether we want to admit that or not.
It’s important to me to share these sermons with you. There are a lot of voices out there, begging you to listen to them. Many may be good speakers, but to me it seems that few care as much as Michael about making the Truth tangible, understandable, and relevant, while staying true to what the Bible is saying.
I’ve been reading about the Waldensians lately. They are a group of people who are credited with starting a pre-reformation in the thirteenth century. They loved their Bibles. They defended the faith heartily. Even after facing severe persecution, they became traveling peddlers, sharing the Truth with all who would listen.
“We have a precious stone, the Word of God. It is so brilliant that by it’s light a man may see God.”
These men reminded me of Michael. They had fierce determination, faithfulness and courage to preach God’s word passionately to any who would listen.
Sometimes, it is astounding to me that it is such a battle to share our faith.
It seems like it should be the simplest thing in the world. Of course, at times sharing our faith is simple, and I am grateful that Michael communicates the simplicity of the Gospel.
But what shocks me is the level of difficulty in convincing long time Christians that we are actually in a battle. It’s a terrible battle with millions of casualties. And Satan is actively fighting with everything he’s got.
Our struggle is not against flesh and blood but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.
– Ephesians 6:12
It’s frighteningly easy to become relaxed and comfortable in our own little world. We forget why we’re here. We avoid thinking about a battle.
Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist him, standing firm in your faith, because you know that your brothers throughout the world are undergoing the same kind of sufferings.
-1 Peter 5:8-9
I know how Michael wrestles with the responsibility of warning Christians that God isn’t playing around. When we choose Him, we choose Him entirely. At the expense of everything else. That can be uncomfortable. When we get to a certain place in life, we’d rather not rethink some things that we have come to hold dearly. We just want to leave things as they are. It’s easier that way.
What God says is best, is best, though all the men in the world are against it.
-John Bunyan, Pilgrim’s Progress
While challenging life-long Christians who would sometimes rather not have new ideas, Michael also has the responsibility of showing how loving and caring God is to those who are just now coming to Him to repent of their sin. Balance is so difficult to achieve, but God knows what He is doing, and how to accomplish His purpose. He grants wisdom to those who seek it.
We are continuously praying that God would use these words that Michael speaks each week. I believe that God is answering that prayer, and I wanted to make these sermons available so others can also be encouraged and challenged.