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Practicing Preaching and Christian Living – Lessons from the Trumpet

When I was growing up, I had the opportunity to play the trumpet. I was no expert, but I did play in a number of churches over the years. I studied privately with a number of trumpet teachers. Many of these teachers recommended that I practice at least an hour every day. In addition, I was to spend some time in composition and music theory.

That requirement is largely why I am not a good trumpet player today. But I digress…I do want to ask a question, How did I spend this practice time and how does this relate to preaching? And even more than preaching, living the Christian life.
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Rest and Preaching. Have you Recharged Your Engine?

“I am tired, I just need some time off.” A preacher said to me on a Facebook IM. I asked him, so why don’t you take a day off?”

He frowned. Then he asked me, “What do you mean?”

I laughed and said, “I mean take one day off. No work, no sermon prep. Spend some time with your family.”

“You don’t understand, there is too much ministerial work to do.”

I asked him, “So assign work to an associate and take time off.”
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