I shared with you last time that while I was sitting in a parking space in a Love’s Truck Stop on the way to Asheville, NC in 2005, how God sealed in my heart the desire to preach and teach His Word. I knew that day that every desire I had for the business world and selling hardwood flooring, windows and doors and seeped out of my body. This is me at The Hardwood Company showroom in Boone, NC in 2004.
I had a little more hair back then! I really enjoyed what I did as General Manager for the Hard wood Company. I worked hard and I had a tremendous amount of responsibility for a multi-million dollar business. Yet, the desire to lead the company was pouring out of my life. I’m so grateful to have worked under the umbrella of our parent company…
It was an honor and a privilege working for Woody Buchanan. He was and is a godly mentor and dear friend. I remember vividly how gracious he was to me when I told him what the Lord was doing in my heart. He said, “Kevin, we all see it. Just be faithful to Him and He’ll take care of the rest. You’ve got a job here as long as you need it.”
What a blessing from one of the kindest most honorable men I’ve ever met. And so the journey began and next month I’ll begin my 9th year as a pastor/elder. Amazing! And I must say I feel exactly like Billy Graham. I saw this quote last week above that picture…
I to this day do not know why God chose me to preach and teach His word. I still can’t believe I’ve been privileged to do this work of shepherding my own home church. And God has blown me away at His mercy and favor.
As Pam and I were visiting The Cove and the Billy Graham Training Center last week, I was able to see Billy’s “Traveling Pulpit.” Take a look:
Now this is where it gets fun. It was adjustable based on how tall the speaker was… Billy is 6′ 3″. That’s pretty tall. So, he had to have it tall. But some of the other speakers at the crusades were considerably shorter. Here’s the control panel…
Isn’t that cool? Want to see more? It gets better. Here’s how it would look when he preached.
There’s his Bible on the right and there’s his notes on the left. Can you see that? Check out the size of that type!
Man, that’s huge isn’t it? And yes…it was typed on a typewriter! I bet there are folks reading this who have no clue how to work a manual typewriter. That’s what I learned to type on in high school. What fun! Okay…it gets better. Check this out… Oh…but, you can’t tell the folks at the sound desk or Pastor Brad at Mt. Pleasant about this. Okay? This’ll be our little secret.
That’s a timer! It would tell Mr. Graham when he had 5 minutes, 2 minutes and 1 minute left before he had to be done (to fit the sermon for television). Ssshhh! If they ever hear about this at MPBC, I’m doomed! 🙂
I’m so excited to be able to preach and teach the Word of God each week. Last week we had a drama (play) for the service and I was like a fish out of water. The drama was absolutely marvelous! It was wonderful and really touched my heart, but you know what? I wanted to preach! It’s just an overwhelming desire that’s impossible to explain. In fact, I’m convinced if I could explain it that it wouldn’t be God.
So, preaching, teaching and equipping is now what I do with the majority of my life. I’m awed and astounded to be able to do so. Yet, I tremble at the responsibility. Sometimes I’m overwhelmed when I think about the fact that I stand up at least twice each week (Wed/Sun) and proclaim the Word of God and for that I’ll be held to a stricter judgment. I know that the books, devotions and blogs I write fall into that category as well. So, I approach what I do with joy and fear. Fear? Yes, fear. A healthy reverence for the task that I perform as a shepherd.
Yet, I want to say at this point, that you are responsible for how you assimilate the Word of God in your life. I was reading Oswald Chambers’ devotion last week and he said these words:
“Always make it a practice to stir your own mind thoroughly to think through what you have easily believed. Your position is not really yours until you make it yours through suffering and study. The author or speaker from whom you learn the most is not the one who teaches you something you didn’t know before, but the one who helps you take a truth with which you have quietly struggled, give it expression, and speak it clearly and boldly.”
Isn’t that rich? I think it is.
Thank you Lord for allowing me to proclaim and teach your matchless, timeless Word!
Thank you Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church for putting up with me!