Well, today was an odd day. I caught a cold from my wife when she came back from a family trip to Kansas City. She caught the cold and had laryngitis for a day or two on our trip to San Diego last month, but it didn’t last long.
But she was “loving” enough to share and I first caught the cold a week and a half back. Beginning last Sunday, however, a bad case of laryngitis came on. It may be as bad a case of laryngitis as I have ever had. I just kind of whisper & squeak!
The longer the week wore on, the more people asked, “What are you going to if it is like this on Sunday?” I just always laughed & said, “Oh, it will be fine.”
I was working on a message from Acts 23 when the High Priest had Paul struck and Paul called him “a white-washed wall.” When someone nearby criticized him for speaking thus to the high priest, Paul backpedaled because he knew the high priest carried the authority of God, I was going to make application to the government and the elders of our church.
My outline was:
1. Paul Recognized That His Reaction Was Wrong (23:5a)
- Was what he said wrong? No. But the attitude he communicated was wrong.
2. It Was Wrong Because All Authority Is Given By God (23:5b)
- All authority is delegated.
3. Respect Does Not Demand Being A Doormat (23:6)
- He WAS willing, however, to pit the Sadducees and Pharisees against each other because he realized the “deck was stacked” against him.
ANYWAY…yesterday, I realized that it was very unlikely that I would be able to preach today. I was not real excited about calling our youth minister or one of our lay-elders & springing preaching on them with under 24-hours to go. They could have done it, but I didn’t think it was fair to ask them to.
As Loretta and I talked, she suggested we do a concert of prayer. I have done those on numerous occasions, but never on a Sunday morning. But it was not too difficult to put together, until I had to call our elders & get them onboard, so they would lead and I wouldn’t have to. It was scurry and leave phone message after message. (One wife said she had to listen to the message three times to make out who I was and what I was saying).
It went OK, and a number of people thought that it was God’s timing. It was a hard Sunday because we had to announce staff lay-offs because of poor finances. That, plus concern over what the election results meant, resulted in this being a good time simply for prayer.
What have you done in similar circumstances?