And another thing …

Don’t you hate that? You think someone is just about finished and then he winds up again and keeps going. It’s as bad as a pastor saying the fateful words: “In conclusion” – you know the preacher ain’t done yet! We all know what it means when the preacher takes off the watch and sets it on the pulpit – absolutely nothing.

It would be okay if “another thing” really added value. There are times when I finish a sermon but keep preaching anyway. Sometimes we just don’t know when we’re done. When the eyes of our listeners look like doughnuts, we ought to recognize “glazed” for what it actually means.

There are times, though, when “another thing” is worth hearing or knowing or experiencing. In the book of Lamentations, there is this wonderful message: “The unfailing love of the Lord never ends! By His mercies we have been kept from utter destruction. Great is His faithfulness; His mercies begin afresh each day. I say to myself, ‘The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in Him’” (Lamentations 3:22-24).

It’s like Jeremiah is saying, “And another thing.” His people were suffering greatly, in large part because of their disobedience and stubbornness. Even so, God chose to extend mercy. He gave them a reason to hope.

We, too, can be the architects of our own messes. Some of the difficulty we experience is because of poor choices, hard-headedness, and foolishness. In those times, I’m glad for “another thing.” I need second chances. I need grace. I need to be forgiven. I need hope that will not disappoint.

 

Perhaps you need “another thing” right about now. Great is His faithfulness. His mercies are new every day!

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About Mark Wilbanks

Dr. Wilbanks became Wieuca’s fifth senior pastor in February of 2012. Mark’s father, Oliver Wilbanks, served as Associate Pastor here from 1966 to 1982. Wieuca had a tremendous influence in shaping Mark’s call to ministry during his teenage and young adult years. A graduate of both Southern and New Orleans Baptist Theological seminaries, Mark has served churches in Kentucky, Florida, and Georgia. He pastored Southside Baptist Church in Jacksonville, Florida for 17 years and Bradfordville First Baptist Church in Tallahassee, Florida for ten years. He and his wife, Kim, were married in 1979 and have two sons, Andy and Jordan. Andy is married to Lindsay and they have a son, Cade, a daughter, Ruthie, and welcomed their third child, Samuel, in October.

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