Two Sundays ago, in the 11:00 service at Word of Life, Pastor Jeff Dixon took the platform to receive the offering. But first, Pastor Jeff took opportunity to share a word of knowledge for one of the pastors’ wife, and asked the youth to pray for her.  From there, an overwhelming presence of God fell, and personal ministry became the focus of the service, with the youth leading the way in many cases.  The offering became an afterthought at the close of the service, and Pastor Bill didn’t preach.  

This past Sunday, Pastor Jeff brought the message to the 11:00 service, and preached a powerful word of encouragement, “But I’m Still Standing”. 

In over the thirty-plus years in the charismatic church world, I’ve heard, many times, “The service was wonderful.  The presence of God was so powerful the preacher didn’t even get to preach.”  The implication is that if the Holy Spirit moves to the point that there is no preaching, it’s somehow a better service.  

NOT SO!  It’s wonderful when the Holy Spirit moves in such a way that His plans overtake our plans.  And, we must be willing to let Him do so.  But we need the word of God preached as well.  Last Sunday’s service was no less special than the week before–it was just different from the week before.  Let’s not evaluate a service based on whether or not the preacher preached, but on whether or not lives were changed.

About Pastor Jim Dixon

Jim Dixon is a husband, father, grandfather, pastor, missionary and with his wife, Marsha, an author. Jim and Marsha are founders of God's Blueprint for Marriage, a ministry based on the experiences they had during reconciliation and restoration of their tumultuous marriage that would have ended in divorce, had it not been for God's intervention. Their marriage workshop called, not surprisingly, "God's Blueprint for Marriage" shares details of their failing marriage and, more importantly, the lessons they learned during the restoration process. Their book, "God's Blueprint for Marriage", is available through their web site, Jim is Missions and Small Groups Pastor at their church, Word of Life Fellowship. He and Marsha have a strong ministry presence in Peru, where he is a leader in the Evangelical Church of Christ of Peru, a Peruvian denomination. And Marsha is founder of Mujeres de Valor (Women of Worth), a ministry helping women in Peru find their place in service to God. They also work with Victory Bible College-Peru and Victory Fellowship of Ministries, organizations dedicated to training and supporting pastors and church leaders in that nation. Their two sons, Michael and Jeffrey, are also in ministry, Jeffrey full time as Youth Pastor of their church. Additionally they have a number of "adopted" sons and daughters, many of whom are in ministry as well. Jim is a professional storm chaser. You can hear him during severe weather in NW Arkansas on 40/29.
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