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So about a month ago I was asked to teach at the Wednesday Night program here at the church. Wednesday Nights are an informal gathering of Life Groups and support groups, but there are also two adult large-group classes offered in the evenings. The topics change every few months, and I’m sure you get the point…

I was asked to teach in the Marriage and Family class. That’s cool. I have a family, and I’m married. I should be able to do this, right? So I extend a Wedding sermon I did in late June and I’m fired and ready to go. Then I find out that I’m not teaching in the Marriage & Family class, instead I’m teaching in the Blood Covenant class. (We have a really great Bible teacher that tackles some of the heavier classes, and people eat it up out here.) So tonight I have a Marriage & Family talk ready for the Blood Covenant class. I know, I know I could tie those together somehow. But I don’t have time to tie them together, instead I will be pulling out a oldie-but-a-goodie from the ol’ sermon bag. Reminds me of what my Homiletics professor used to always say.

“We should always be ready to do three things at a moment’s notice.
Preach, Pray, and Die!”

Jonathan Cliff is married to his wife Starr and they together live out their days with two sons and a daughter. Jonathan serves as one of the Pastors at Grace Community Church in Clarksville, Tennessee; where he works with leaders throughout the city to help develop Christian community that leads to deep and meaningful spiritual friendships. His journey has been an adventurous one, having served in the local church for 15 years in family ministry developing leaders, building environments for kids and students to belong, and encouraging parents to take big spiritual steps with their families.