A “Big Name” Preacher

“Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.” (Matt. 4:10) “For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them” (Matt. 18:20).

A congregation had  invited a “big name” preacher to preach for them one Sunday. As it turned out, however, he couldn’t go and he sent his brother to speak in his place. As word got around the congregation, several people started to leave. The fill-in preacher then stood up and made this announcement: “Those of you who came to hear my brother speak may leave at this time; those of you who came to worship God may stay on.”

Joshua said, “And if it seems evil to you to serve the LORD, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the river, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.” (Joshua 24:15)

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