Enjoying the Journey

“As thy days, so shall thy strength be” (Deuteronomy 33:25). These words, given by God to His people, have come to mean more and more to me with the passing of every day. Though we schedule into the future and plan for days ahead we can only live one day at a time. Each day I have divine assignments and for every one of those days I have divine resources. Many dear friends have told us that they pray for us every day. This means more than you could ever know! It is not just the days of public ministry that matter – every day God is at work and every day we are endeavoring to be engaged in His…

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Long before I was a preacher I was a sinner. We would like to think that this changes over time, but I am still a sinner! One of God’s great preachers said it best: “O wretched man that I am!” (Romans 7:24). For sure, we should be sinning less but we are not sinless. Only Christ is that. Sometimes in the busyness of ministry, surrounded by so much religious context, we are prone to forget how wicked our hearts truly are. The flesh never gets better. It cannot be trusted. Deep within the most holy man is the unholy current of sin. There is in ALL of us a rebel heart. Sometimes it even comes out clothed in “preacher talk”…

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Augustus Toplady, author of the great hymn “Rock Of Ages,” was twenty-eight years old when he spent an afternoon in London with an older preacher whom he admired greatly. The advice that an aged Mr. Brewer gave to that young minister has been passed along to me. I am amazed at its relevance to our day and reminded that times change but truth does not. Toplady was so affected by the counsel that he recorded Brewer’s words in his diary. I pass them along to you with a prayer that the Holy Ghost will help us all to apply them wherever we may serve. “I cannot conclude without reminding you, my young brother, of some things that may be of…

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Scott Pauley Bible Preaching Slide

The words of Christ are as true today as they were nearly 2,000 years ago: “The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest” (Luke 10:2). As we come into the fall of the year I am praying that God will give us a great harvest of souls and an increase in laborers. Will you join me in that prayer?  There is a reason why the laborers are scarce; the work of sowing, waiting, and reaping is not easy. The wheat harvest season in Palestine is a very hot and humid time of year. Similarly, witnessing can be uncomfortable and strenuous. Serving God is…

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Scott Pauley Bible Preaching Slide

It is amazing how quickly the summer season goes. Our kids are now back in school and hints of fall are in the air. As students return to their classrooms, we must all remember what God has taught us this summer. For many, the start of school is the restart of regular schedules and routines. Every day that schedule should include time with God, but we must guard that those times never become merely routine! September is a busy month of revival meetings. More than anything, our nation needs a fresh stirring of God’s Spirit. I often feel like the prophet Jeremiah, who lamented: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” (Jeremiah 8:20). Pray with…

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Thirty years ago tonight I surrendered my life to Christ to preach His Word. Thirty years. A few days later, as a twelve-year-old boy, I stood in a cottage prayer meeting and preached my first Bible message. What an adventure it has been serving the Lord! Thousands of times I have had the joy of opening God’s Word and sharing His truth. God willing, tomorrow I will stand and preach the Bible again. I am still amazed that I get to do this with my life.  In an age of novelty and clever ideas I have no desire for something new. I am wary of the new, hungry for the freshtouch of God, and content with eternaltruth. The world doesn’t need better ideas;…

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The last few weeks have been some of the busiest and most blessed we have seen in our evangelistic work. I know this is due to the Lord’s grace and the faithful prayers of so many people. With the intense schedule I have not posted as many articles as normal. We hope to return to that shortly! But I wanted to pass along a few answers to prayer and encourage you with what God is doing… The Lord has given a spirit of revival in a number of local churches in different parts of the country. I am often asked what we see frequently in churches. Right now there is a spiritual hunger among many of the Lord’s people. God…

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Rest is not a dirty word. It is, in fact, essential to all good work. God instituted rest before the fall of man. It is hardwired into creation and indispensable to man. Rest for spirit, soul, and body is designed to bring us nearer to the God who created us! If Adam needed rest before he sinned, how much more does man need it now. God’s people need the rest that only God can give. The Preacher’s Rest is not designed to merely give men a retreat. It is a meeting to help us find our rest in God – the rest that He gives in the midst of our labor. Preachers who are not tired are probably not working…

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Recently we have heard from precious friends who are watching and listening to messages given at recent meetings. Sometimes the churches that we are in livestream their services or archive their messages on their church website. A number of messages have also been made available on sites like Sermon Audio. My desire is to get God’s Word into as many hearts and homes as possible, and we are grateful for the technology that allows us to share God’s truth. Through the years we have posted messages periodically at scottpauley.org/sermons that we thought would be a help. We plan to continue to do that in the days ahead. This month we have decided to do something special and a new Bible…

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Every preacher is different. The same all-wise God who used the unique personalities and gifts of the Bible writers continues to minister through all different types of men. Over time a man learns how God speaks to him and how he best can receive and relay the Lord’s message to others.  Preaching day after day the Lord is teaching me much about myself and about preaching that no homiletics class or book on preaching can convey. You can take a text from anywhere in the Bible with confidence that it is the very Word of God without error. It will work. But do we not think that God would like to be involved in what we preach to His people?…

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