I only have one sermon.

As you may know, I have started posting sermons on this blog.  It has been a great source of excitement for me because I consider myself a preacher.  I don’t consider myself a great preacher – I just believe that preaching is a deeply-seeded part of who I am.

As I’ve been slowly posting sermons, I have been reflecting on how I can be better.  In this process, I’ve started to get a little worried.  I’m fearful that I’ve been preaching the same thing over and over.  I wonder if I’ve been as creative as possible.  I wonder if I’ve gotten into a rut.  In the midst of this, I was given a gift.

Grace comes in the most amazing of places, from the most amazing of sources.  Today I was given the amazing gift of grace by an 11-year-old girl at a church camp.  A group of five people – three junior high girls, an adult volunteer, and myself – have come to a weekend retreat.  This morning we were gathered for our small group time and we were reflecting on the fact that God not only loves us, but that God likes us.

In the discussion, I directed each of them to say one thing about everyone else that they like.  “I like this about…”  Each person had to simply listen as the four people said one thing they like about that person.  When it was my turn, I was a little reluctant.  Then I received my gift.

“Pastor Robb,” one of the girls said, “I like that when you talk at church – during your what do you call it? sermon?  I like that when you do those you always talk about how God loves us.  You always seem to work it in.  You always make sure we know that God loves us no matter what.”

OK, so maybe I have been a little redundant.  And maybe that’s okay.


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7 responses to “I only have one sermon.

  1. joan mccoy

    you promised me you would never forget to preach about God’s love and our personal relationship with Him…thanks for keeping your promise

  2. It is a sermon we need to hear all the time. God loves us no matter what. May our babies hear from the moment they breath air till the moment they draw their last breath.

  3. Ethel M

    Oh I love this!!! Clearly you are doing the right thing. And thank you for reminding me that God loves me, too. I needed that today.

  4. as a reverend myself, I also have a blog that I know sometimes I repeat my messages. I have been told that maybe TODAY was the day it finally sunk in for someone. So don’t be afraid to keep saying it…someone just may need to hear it on this particular day!! (www.reverendbaum.blogspot.com) if interested…..

  5. karen

    I keep seeing and hearing that a god loves us been hearing that and seeing people type that for years and it being reinforced and remphasized …kind of tells me something. I find it a little sad that humans have to keep doing that within themselves and with others when i believe it was intended to be a normal act or thought from within from creation…and being created. our society has taught and a lot of segments of society still teach we are not worth or worthy of even being a live or life unless we have a god to adhere to or have a god that gives us any kind of worth. or that we have no value unless or until we do certain complyments or adherences to some religion or bible or belief or belief system. rather self destructive of a society that would see or consider it’self to be civilized?

  6. karen

    I was raised in church..since an infant litterally by a parent and told it was the only church that had the only truth and not given any other options growing up. It was a fundamentalist biblicist church with strict adherence to the letter of the law. And if one didn’t adhere to that- a bible god would make sure you suffered for eternity…and this bible god make you or gave you anything of worth so that this bible god would get some kind of..honor and glory out of that? and it was called love? It’s rather difficult to understand let a lone feel any kind of love from that god or that i was even loved by that kind of god let alone try to love myself. because of my own choices in life to become more independant in feeling and thinking..I am beginning to get a little light on god and that i am always loved no matter what.

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