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Topic Started: Sep 21 2012, 05:33 AM (230 Views)
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Day 317: More than an 'Hour of Power'



Acts 20:7

On the first day of the week we came together to break bread. Paul spoke to the people and, because he intended to leave the next day, kept on talking until midnight.



Thoughts for Today:

Paul was in the final stage of this his third missionary journey, preparing the following day to return to Jerusalem. This particular trip had been especially fruitful. Not only were new churches planted, existing churches expanded, and leaders developed, but it was also a time of personal literary productivity from which we -- almost two thousand years later -- are still benefitting. It was during this time that Paul's four greatest letters were written: 1 Corinthians from Ephesus; 2 Corinthians and Galatians, probably around the same time, from Macedonia; and Romans from Corinth. A pretty good legacy, yet Paul had even more to say before he left and as a result he spoke until midnight.

I would like to meet the person who decided how long a church service should last; yet in just about every church throughout America they are the same. I wonder how much of the Holy Spirit's influence we miss when we hold our pastors accountable to such tight schedules. When was the last time you ever heard of or were present when a pastor, so filled by the Holy Spirit continued speaking, without limitations, until he was finished? For me the answer is never -- at my church the 11:00 am service ends at precisely 12:15 pm -- every Sunday without fail.



Questions to Ponder:

Has your pastor ever exceeded his allocated sermon time? Did you find yourself looking at your watch, worried that you might miss "kick-off" of the latest football game or your lunch reservation with friends? I'm sure Paul didn't operate with the same time restrictions or schedules that today's pastors seem forced to adhere to. However, the real question is this: If your pastor had more to say would you have the interest and patience to listen, or is church just one more activity booked into your already too tight schedule?
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Years ago we had a preacher that "went over" on a regular basis. There was an older woman at our church that would just get up and walk out when time was up! I will admit that it made my job difficult because I was in charge of Jr. church and the children would start getting restless if things went too long! LOL
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I had a pastor that I loved who would go over. That was when I had a church that fed me. I do not now. Dick did the sermon last week at that church (which has turned over MANY pastors) and ran over. He was aware of that. I think we do know, but not to interupt the flow IF it is revival! I had someone that commented on this on another board and said their pastor does part 1,2,3 etc. I don't believe that is the same thing other than be lengthy and planning ahead.
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If it is good you lose track of time and aren't aware of it. I have been to meetings that went on and no one wanted it to end. Our preacher had a hard time staying focused. He would start to tell a story then lose his train of thought. It was mostly him rambling on and a room full of rumbling bellies and wriggling children were waiting. Sad but true I guess. I loved him as a person but he was no public speaker. I think we were his last church and he retired.
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