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I am a man of many weaknesses. One of my weaknesses: I am a lazy cook. My favorite food is cold cereal. Over the years, I've battled the demons of Lucky Charms, Fruity Pebbles, and Cocoa Puffs. While I really like milk and sweets, the real reason I like cold cereal is because it's easy. There are only two essential steps. (1) Grab the necessary ingredients and utensils. (2) Pour the ingredients into a bowl and eat. I go through this procedure up to four times a day. The church office freezer is filled with my taquitos, burritos, and TV dinners. These are quick meals which, again, require only two crucial steps. (1) Remove contents from the freezer. (2) Nuke the frozen meal in the microwave and eat. Although it would be nice to be like some of the men in our church who cook for their families, learning to cook would require time, energy and skill, which I don't have. Furthermore, I grew up in the home of Betty Crocker and am now married to Rachel Ray, so my laziness continues.
All things considered, it's probably alright that I'm not Chef Boyardee® because I'm not lazy in other areas of my life. However, over the years I have noticed a tendency in many Christians to be lazy in studying God's Word, particularly in areas of biblical "meat." As Christians we often prefer the milk of cold cereal instead of the meat of a T-bone steak. We don't want to apply time, energy, or skill in our Bible study. This is also true in many churches today. We want milk messages that are short, simple, and sweet. We don't want meat messages that will require length, depth, and conviction. Consequently, many churches are producing anemic disciples. One of the greatest needs of our day is for solid biblical preaching. In Daniel 7-12, I'll be seeking to serve up some meaty meals of biblical prophecy. These sermons will not be milk, they will be meat. I'm going to cut up bite-sized p ...
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