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Unboxing God – This Is Dumb!

In‌vocation by PastorWho Said It…Steve Brown

Steve Brown is a broadcaster whose rich bass voice is a familiar sound to radio listeners on his Key Life Network.

He is also a seminary professor, teaching preaching at Reformed Theological Seminary in Orlando, Florida.

Steve writes books, too. His latest is A Scandalous Freedom (Howard, 2004).  Prior to these pursuits, Steve served as a pastor for more than 25 years.

What They Said…Little Things

Many Christians know a lot about God but don’t know Him or how to apply their faith to their everyday situations.  Conversely, other Christians don’t know anything about God but have experienced Him and, like Apollos (Acts 18:24-28), need to know more accurately how and why God works.

When I was a pastor, I was offering an invocation at the beginning of the worship service.  For those liturgically uninformed, an invocation is where the pastor invites or “invokes” God to come to the worship service.  In the middle of the prayer, I realized that it was silly to invite God to come to a worship service.  He’s God and was already there.

So I stopped mid-prayer and told the congregation that praying for God’s presence was really dumb and that, from then on, I wasn’t going to do it.  I then started the prayer over and thanked God for being present in our service of worship and asked that we would realize and know His presence.

Adapted from Follow the Wind (Baker, 1999)

Prayer for the Week:  Although You are beyond my comprehension, Lord, I long to know You better.  Give me a closer glimpse of Your glory.

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