A member of the church, who previously had been attending services, regularly, stopped going.
After a few weeks, the pastor decided to visit him.  It was a chilly evening.  The pastor found the man at home alone, sitting before a blazing fire.  Guessing the reason for his pastor’s visit, the man welcomed him, led him to a comfortable chair near the fireplace and waited.  The pastor made himself at home but said nothing.  In the grave silence, he contemplated the dance of the flames around the burning logs.

After some minutes, the pastor took the fire tongs, carefully picked up a brightly burning ember and placed it to one side of the hearth all alone then he sat back in his chair, still silent.  The host watched all this in quiet contemplation. As the one lone ember’s flame flickered and diminished, there was a momentary glow and then its fire was no more.  Soon it was cold and dead.

Not a word had been spoken since the initial greeting. The pastor glanced at his watch and realized it was time to leave.  He slowly stood up, picked up the cold, dead ember and placed it back in the middle of the fire.  Immediately it began to glow, once more with the light and warmth of the burning coals around it.

As the pastor reached the door to leave, his host said with a tear running down his cheek, “Thank you so much for your visit and especially for the fiery sermon.  I will be back in church next Sunday.”


God states in His word, Hebrews 10:25  “Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another–and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” 

We gather together, as the Church, in order to learn from the teaching and preaching of the Biblical Word and to encourage our brothers and sisters in their Christian walk.  It is no small thing that we do in our assembly as God’s  children. We need each other in our struggle to become all that God would have us to be. A Christian has to be involved. There is not such a person as a Christian in isolation.  A Christian belongs to a family, the family of God.

It is share and tell time.  Share with Christians and then go tell the Good News to others.


One Response to “A FIERY SERMON”

  1. In homeletics I learned, “Put fire in your sermon or your sermon in the fire.”

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