Two Sundays ago saw a rare event–I was home rather than being in church. Seems like every six months I get a dosey of a sinus infection and end up missing our weekly gathering with God’s people. After getting the kids up and cooking some breakfast for those hungry, I was ready to relax on the couch. With remote in hand, I summed up the courage and turned on the television, hoping to find some men actually preaching the Bible. To my amazement, several TV preachers came to my rescue.
OK; I wasn’t that amazed. I knew who almost every preacher was and I know their theological persuasion as well as the fruits which have resulted from their ministry. In other words, I was able to be discerning in my selection and in my listening.
First, I caught the end of a Charles Stanley sermon from First Baptist in Atlanta, GA. As usual, Dr. Stanley read and explained the Word of God. I actually believe he is better now at doing so than he was in his prime. The fact that he is still preaching to the best of his ability was an encouragement to me. The text was 2 Timothy 4.
Second, I watched James MacDonald from Chicago (Elgin) preach from Nahum, chapter one. I was particularly helped by verse seven:
The Lord is good,
A stronghold in the day of trouble,
And He knows those who take refuge in Him.
After mentioning God’s hatred of sin and that He will indeed punish sin, Nahum reminds Israel (and me!) of the great truths: goodness is an essential aspect of God’s character, He is a safe place for believers going through difficult experiences and the Lord sees everyone who trusts Him. A good word for me to hear today (and everyday)! James’ preaching style was also a nice change from what I am used to seeing.
Third, I watched David Jeremiah from San Diego preach from Ecclesiastes, chapter twelve. Solomon’s conclusion for us grabbed my attention yet again:
13 The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. 14 For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.
What did the wisest man on the planet think we should all do? Worship the Lord and obey His Word. Christianity 101. Trust and obey the God you claim to worship. It is always good to be reminded of the fruit I am called/commanded to bear.
Finally, I watched Dr. Ed Young from Second Baptist Church in Houston, TX. He has been a pastor there since 1978 and was married for fifty-eight years before his wife passed away in 2017. While I am rather unfamiliar with Dr. Young and his particular brand with the SBC, I did not find anything incorrect or un-biblical from his message in the book of Job. I was mainly encouraged by his verse-by-verse explanation from God’s Word coupled with his apparent faithful relationship with his two brides–his wife and the ministry in which he serves.
So–TV preachers came to my rescue Sunday morning. Four men were attempting to teach the Bible in an interesting manner, showing how it is applicable to a modern audience. (I could have even mentioned the charismatic preacher who challenged me to keep setting my mind on heaven!) It is encouraging to know that not everything on TV on Sunday mornings falls into the category of false teaching! I am also thankful for men who (from all that I know) have proven to be faithful.
If you are not attending a local church due to illness or a work schedule which prevents it, be glad to know that there are several options on TV for you watch. The Internet is also full of ministry websites and You Tube videos to help you learn more about God’s Word. Nothing can replace your attendance and involvement in a local congregation. God created us for community and gifted all of His people with the ability to bless the body of Christ. However, when we cannot participate for whatever reason, at least we can hear from the Bible. Sunday morning I was able to do just that and for that I am thankful. I am also grateful for the desire I had to feed my own soul. Is that desire awakened in you as well? If not, pray for it! It’s that important!