Sermon Miscue!

Isn’t it funny how every once in a while you get a does of humility when you least expect it.

Sunday, I was so stoked about the message and had this great illustration using an actual Mesquite sapling and ROOT.  Part of the message was on getting rid of the root of bitterness (Heb 12:15).   I told a story about my brother-in-law helping us get rid of a bunch of Mesquites at my mom’s house in San Angelo.  I proclaimed boldly that my brother-in-law helped us by using a mixture of Remedy, Diesel and Water.

One of my friends (a local rancher) asked me after church about the mixture.  He said he wasn’t sure the diesel and water would mix, so I called my brother-in-law to ask again what we used at my moms (which also reveals that he did most of the work!).  He reminded me that he used a mixture of diesel & remedy, and in some cases – water & remedy – but not all three because diesel won’t mix well with water.  BUSTED!   I always check my illustrations, quotes and references closely, but confused what we did to kill the Mesquites.  I told my brother-in-law about my illustration and he laughed and said:  “Well, at least he  (the friend & rancher) was listening!”

About bjrutledge

BJ & Janet were married in July 1977 They have three grown children who are all married: Jeremy & Whitney Rutledge, Chris & Julie Hurst, and Josh and Hannah Rutledge. They also have five grandsons, and a granddaughter. BJ says perhaps our greatest legacy is even though our kids are PK's, they love Jesus and are all involved in ministry in the local church. BJ has served at churches in Dallas - Bossier City, LA - Houston - and was at Fellowship of the Woodlands (Woodlands Church) in The Woodlands before coming to Grace Fellowship. BJ is the Legacy Pastor at Grace Fellowship Church in Paradise, TX.
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