A few months ago, I did something that I had thought about doing in the past, but never got around to doing until recently. I threw away all of my past sermon notes and deleted all the sermons that I have preached in the past 9 1/2 years. I had accumulated a lot of sermon notes on many different topics. Prior to deleting them, I could retrieve any notes on a previous sermon. All the scriptures and quotes would be beautifully laid out. Like most things, the first time God places a sermon upon your heart, He provides inspiration and zeal for the subject. You can not wait to preach. The sermon has spirit because it is fresh, inspired and timely. You have labored through prayer and studying and God honored your sacrifice. You might preach that same subject again and read the same quotes and scriptures and it just seems cold and lifeless. Why? There are many factors, but one factor may be that we did not approach God through prayer and studying. We just grabbed sermon notes that we had used before, thinking that it would yield the same results, as it did the first time it was ministered. The difference is the first time we sought God, we studied His Word and yearned to find His will for that particular service. With the Bible and over 1100 sermons by the Prophet at our disposable, putting a sermon together is not that difficult. Finding the mind of God, for that particular service takes prayer. As an evangelist, my desire is to preach from my heart and not from my head so that lives may truly be transformed through the Spirit of God. Brother William Branham said it best, "I want to preach as if this was the last sermon I'd ever preach in my life. I want to preach, every sermon I preach, as if I was a dying man preaching to dying men."
Who also hath made us able ministers of the new testament; not of the letter, but of the spirit: for the letter killeth, but the spirit giveth life. – 2 Corinthians 3:6
Michael and his wife Crista, are blessed to have three beautiful children (Noah, Gracie, Luke). They live in the middle TN area and attend Eagle Christian church. He counts it a honor to be involved with Eagle’s View, BYC and serving as a evangelist. They enjoy being outdoors, traveling and above all serving the Lord.