Cliff Preaches For The First Time In Over Five Years

by Cliff Ravenscraft on October 11, 2009

in Blog

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Cliff Preaches At Watermark
The Power of Online Community

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For those of you who don't know this, I used to be an Associate Pastor of a small Nazarene Church. Later, I moved on to a position where I was the pastor of small groups in a mega church. In those positions, I had the privilege to preach and teach quite often.

After getting involved in podcasting, I recognized that God was calling me to devote my ministry efforts to building an online community (gspn.tv) where I would entertain, educate, encourage, and inspire others.

Podcasting was not your typical ministry outlet. When I spoke to those in leadership of the church I was attending at the time, my decision to resign from my position of leadership within the church was not met with enthusiasm. It soon became clear to me that I it might be beneficial to find a church family who could recognize God's call on my life and who would encourage me to follow that calling.

I found this community at Watermark Community Church about four years ago. Since then, it's been amazing how much the leadership of Watermark has allowed me to operate fully in my gifts and talents. Of course nothing demonstrates more clearly to me that the leadership of my church “gets it” when it comes to what I have been called to do with my life like what happened this morning.

Today I was invited to preach/teach at my church on “The Power of Online Community.” It was the first time that I've had to opportunity to preach in over five years. I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed sensing the power of the Holy Spirit speak through me, giving me the words to say, beyond what I could have ever imagined being able to prepare for.

In this blog post, I've included the audio version of this message above. The audio quality is extremely high in the audio version. I've also uploaded a video version of the talk. Both the quality of the audio and video are pretty low in the video version, but at least you get a feel for what the atmosphere was like this morning. Also, you can see just how much I need to go and buy some clothe that fit my much skinnier body.

Here's the video if you are interested:

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