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THE PREACHER’S MANY FACES (3 of 12)
I’m going slowly in these opening verses and chapters
of Ezekiel because I want to set the scene for the
preaching ministry which God assign to this young man
The Lord called me to preach when I was a sixteen-
year-old boy. When I was eighteen I was pastor of my
first church. I have been a pastor for about 47
years. These have been wonderful years of ministry for
me. God has given me wonderful churches to serve as
pastor. He has allowed me to preach His Word in many,
many places. I have, of all men and of all God’s
preachers, been greatly blessed.
Preaching is not an easy assignment. Some of you young
guys think maybe you would like for the Lord to call
you to preach. You better be sure that God calls you
to preach. Preaching is a call of God which tends to
discouragement at times. Read the stories of the
preachers in the Bible and you will find that there
were times when they had great discouragement.
Jeremiah and his prophecy in the ninth chapter said,
“Oh, that my head were waters and mine eyes a fountain
of tears that I might weep day and night for the slain
of the daughter of my people.” In the second verse,
paraphrasing he said, I would just like to get me a
little motel on the side of the road and just get away
from these people and get away from it all. He was
Paul, in the New Testament, evidently had periods of
time when the ministry was discouraging to him. You
recall when he went to the city of Corinth and in
First Corinthians 2, he talks about his ministry and
said, “I was with you in weakness and in fear, and in
much trembling.” He seemed to have gone through a
time of despondency. That’s why the Lord spoke to him
in a vision that night and gave him an encouraging
Preachers have to deal with the ideal as they find in
the Scriptures and the ...
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