Had a great graduation last night with a great group of students that have completed this stage of their lives! We are in continuous prayer that they will live out their lives in a manner worthy of their calling! God bless you all!
I was reminded this morning by a dear brother with this verse! I thought you as well would find comfort!
“O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, turning aside from godless and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called knowledge—” (1 Timothy 6:20 LSB)
There is a greater battle at hand than defending one’s self against the wrongful accusations of others and that is a battle for lost souls! Let us hold fast to what we have been called to, keep your eyes on the prize, because the Gospel WILL Prevail!
Isaiah 6:8-10  And I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here I am! Send me.”Isaiah  And he said, “Go, and say to this people: “‘Keep on hearing, but do not understand; keep on seeing, but do not perceive.’  Make the heart of this people dull, and their ears heavy, and blind their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their hearts, and turn and be healed.”
What a job! To be called to preach and proclaim the truth of God to a people who are blind and deafened by God! Regardless of the outcome Isaiah was faithful, it was never his job to convince people or to save people, it was his job to be obedient to the call of God upon on his life!
Many years ago in my undergraduate program one of the professors challenged the students and asked a question would you be willing if God called you to go anywhere, anytime at any cost and I remember signing that, “yes send me”
The job of the preacher is not to convince, convict and or save people from eternal damnation. That is the job in the work of the Holy Spirit. Is is not about the size have a congregation or the number of followers one might think they have, it is the job of the preacher to be faithful to the word of God and not just some of it but all of it!
I know not everyone is called to be a preacher and not everyone is called to be an evangelist per se by gifting, but it is the job of a Christian to be truthful, to be unified, to be loving and to be faithful in the proclamation of the word of God!
Undergraduate, Masters and DMin! The journey is over in the educational department, at least formally! We never stop learning and we never stop growing! Thanks baby for putting up with all those hours tucked away!