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7 Things I've Learned About Preaching (Part 2)

The heart and soul of homiletics.

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The craving for recognition needs to die.

Number five: The craving for recognition is strong and it needs to die. I'm not just talking about the desire for praise here. That's there. But there is something bigger that I'm trying to capture in this word recognition: The desire to be acknowledged. It's a craving for all your work to be recognized. It's a craving to somehow be recognized. The craving for recognition is very strong, and it needs to die.

I'm beginning to think that for pastors who preach weekly, they need a definitive work of mortification in this area. I believe God desires and frequently brings about this work early, maybe even in the first few years. That seems to me to make sense. If he's going to use you over a long period of time there's a work he needs to get done early. God will bring the young preacher through some refining.

Now don't automatically assume that all the distress ...

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