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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith

April 24, 2008

Bible has way of speaking to person's heart

I hesitate to admit that I watch American Idol as idols and pastors are usually incompatible. I do, however, watch it for its musical value rather than its spiritual content.

The judges leave a little to be desired, though, as they almost always spout the same comments. Randy will say, "I don't know, dog, that was a little pitchy for me. It was just okay." Paula then says, "I loved it! I love you! I love everyone and everyone will win this contest." Simon interjects in with, "I absolutely hated it. You sound like a theme park singer."

Isn't it amazing how people listening to the very same performance will have such differing views of it? It just goes to show how diverse we all are and how varied is our taste in just about everything.

The Word of God tends to do the same thing to people. It affects them differently. To one, it comforts in a time of need, to another it convicts of wrong-doing. Yet another may hear the same message and be inspired to share their faith or to do some act of kindness for another.

People have often told me that my sermon was meant just for them. Although I assure them I didn't have them in mind when I wrote the sermon, it's difficult to convince someone who just got what they needed from God's Word that it was by chance.

The Bible has a way of speaking to the heart of a person who needs it and it is proclaimed in many churches in our region. Attend one of them this weekend and hear what God has to say to you.

I'm just glad that people don't judge my sermons as they are leaving. I can almost hear it now... "Hey dog, that just okay for me. Didn't really do it for me." Another says, "We still love you." The last fellow through the line might say, "That was absolutely superb!" Hey, it's my imagination!

David Sandvick is the pastor of First English Baptist Church in Frostburg.

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David Sandvick - Life Lessons on Faith
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  • Make right choice with church On a recent visit to Tennessee, I spoke with the wife of a Christian camp director and she related this story to me. Her husband bought her an ipod Shuffle (one of the really little ones) for a birthday present.

    August 7, 2008

  • Join with God in his church July is a month that many people head to the beach or to a park to enjoy a summer vacation. As I think about my own recent vacation, I am reminded of a practical joke I played on my wife.

    July 24, 2008

  • Seek God, his kingdom, rest will fall into place On a recent shopping outing I was asked an interesting question. As we checked out, the cashier at the department store asked, "Did you find everything okay?"

    July 17, 2008

  • Bible School puts back what is easily lost Have you ever noticed how many food products are "enriched" with vitamins and minerals? Actually, the term might be "re"-enriched because much of the nutritional value of foods such as bread is depleted when it is processed to give it longer shelf life. Vitamins and nutrients that are lost in this manufacturing processing are restored.

    July 3, 2008

  • Listen to God's still voice: 'You can do it' It was the same day that I rappelled off the tower that I climbed up its rock wall side. I had come to the conclusion that a near-50- year-old man need not prove himself anymore, when a voice in my head said, "Do it anyway!"

    June 26, 2008

  • You should be real sure about going to heaven I recently returned from east Tennessee after speaking for a week at a youth camp. While there, I tried to get to know the young people and participate in many of the activities with them. Tubing on the lake, swimming, rappelling, rock wall climbing, and riding go-carts all combined to make it a truly exhausting work week.

    June 19, 2008

  • God looking for children love him Sunday is Father's Day and the television is filled with advertisements for potential gifts that seem to follow two lines of thinking. One line of gifts I've particularly noticed are handyman type gifts.

    June 12, 2008

  • Christians also have a natural enemy - Satan My garden plantings are growing like weeds. Oh, wait a minute, that one was a weed. A closer inspection reveals that something is gnawing on my plants. The leaves are missing on some of the vegetation and I suspect a wabbit! I asked my wife if rabbits had any natural enemies. She said, "Elmer Fudd." She's no help at all.

    June 5, 2008

  • Ready soil of heart to hear word of God I was working in my garden the other day. Well, it's not really a garden as much as a patch. Actually, patch may be stretching it a bit also. Perhaps bed is the most accurate rendering. A twin size bed to be exact.

    May 29, 2008

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