The Oriole Park Warbler, my elementary school newspaper, lists my career ambition as “Journalist.” That was my second choice, because I was too embarrassed to write “Pastor.” I didn’t want the cool kids to hassle me.
Both jobs use words to convey a message. God used words too. Supremely, the Word, Jesus–the ultimate expression of the mind of God to the human race. God’s power flows with his Word:
For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. (Hebrews 4:12, NKJV).
When you receive God’s Word, you don’t just receive information, you also receive power!
I feel like a kid in a candy store when I get to deal with words. One of my good friends knew me well when he gave me a book about words–about the Latin and Greek origins of English words–as a gift. Perfect. I’m glad God chose words to reveal himself.
Writing updates: Two publishers looking at two projects right now.
- One publisher meets tonight… I’ll hopefully hear word tomorrow. I’d appreciate your prayers that they’ll go forward with book 2. All publishers are super-cautious right now, because of the economy.
- Another project came to me… the publisher is discussing it this week. More on that later.
- Yet another potential book was declined, though the editor loved the material. I don’t have a proven sales record yet. Totally understandable and, yes, a bummer. Makes me want to work harder! God is in control!
Want to help in a sacrificial way? 1. Find a pastor in Great Britain on the Internet. 2. Get address and stuff. 3. Go to this link for a U.K. book seller. 4. Send them a surprise, copy of the book. 5. Send a note or an email that this was your gift to them to help their ministry or their small groups. 6. Let me know if you do it! Thank you so much!