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Saturday, March 9, 2013

Saturday Sermonette - Short and Sweet

I don't know about the sweet part, but I definitely have short nailed. Well, except when it comes to writing. Sometimes, although I'm sure none of you have ever noticed, I get a little long-winded. I hope this won't be one of those times.

I'm a big fan of short and sweet. Long-winded anythings lose me. Sermons, workshops, trainings, or sermonettes. The most memorable sermons and speeches I've heard or seen can be stated in less than ten minutes. Make your point, give two or three examples or stories, and state your point. Period.

Jesus's best stories were like that. A non-Christian editor once said that the parable of the prodigal son was the best story he'd ever seen. It had drama, pathos, and a life lesson in just over one thousand words. A thousand words can be read aloud in less than five minutes even by a slow speaker with many dramatics!

So what's the point of this blog today? Perhaps the shortest, sweetest truth in the Bible: "...Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once..." (1 Corinthians 15:3-6, KJV)

What will you do with that truth? Brush it off? Forget it? Or take it to heart?

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