Harry preached a “brilliant” sermon (“brilliant” meaning “very good”) on Exodus 33 and the wanting the presence of the Lord more than anything else in the world. Moses said that having military victory, economic prosperity, recognized status as a formidable country and more was not enough – he wanted Jesus Himself. He didn’t want any of the other things if He couldn’t have Jesus. Jesus is enough.
Tom just told me an interesting story about the church where he preached. After the service, there was a time for tea and coffee, and a fellow came up and started speaking with him. After an unusual greeting, the fellow told Tom that he was going to New York soon, so Tom encouraged him to visit Redeemer Pres. in Manhattan if he had time. Tom said, “I’m sure you can ask the pastor to get the details of the location for you.” To that, the man replied, “I’m a church visitor.”
Turns out that this man is a member of another local church that was recently closed by the denomination! And amazingly enough, when Tom asked how many people were in the congregation, the fellow replied, “150.” Of course, there’s more to the story there, but this fellow as visiting the church this morning along with 6 other members of the church – the clerk of the session, the church treasurer, the women’s ministry coordinator, etc – this group is the scouting group that’s out visiting churches to find where the 150 will go. Can you say, “Church Revitalization?”