Today's encouragement comes from 2 Timothy 4:1 & 2a, where Paul wrote this, to the young minister:
"I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: Preach the
word! . . . "
God delights in His gospel (word) being preached from His faithful church pulpits. The Lord is more concerned that preaching takes place, than if any-one ever actually believes the message, or not. The preached word inhibits the spread and growth of heresy, (see vv. 3-4); it emboldens the minister for the endurance of afflictions, (v. 5); and it builds up the saints in the true church in their holy faith—all the while calling sinners to Christ.
Pray that your minister preach the word, and that he does not substitute this precious ordinance with entertainment, religious nonsense, and general stu-pidity. Pray that he takes on the world, the flesh, and the devil; and that he brings you the good news of peace, in Jesus' precious blood.
[Puritan quote of the day: "God bestows more goodness upon one godly man than upon all the ungodly in the world.” —Jonathan Edwards, in his sermon, "Christians a Chosen Generation"]