By Ken Blue
“I milk a lot of cows, but I make my own butter.” I have no idea who first made that statement, but it has a ring of wisdom to it. None of us are as original as we might think. A man who believes he must be original in every matter is foolish and proud.
My advice is, milk every cow you can, and get every last drop from the old heifer. Then edit it, rearrange it, pray over it and preach it! If God blesses it, then use it again and again and again.
We have been singing the same songs over and over for 150 years; people are blessed and no one complains. If you find a sermon that work; then work it. Most pastors do not care where you got your message. The Congregation is the last to care.
It amazes me how pastors can praise you on how your sermon has blessed them, until they discover where you may have gotten the idea or outline for it. If they dislike the vendor, the product can’t possibly be good.
Most preachers are thankful they have provided something that helps others. So milk the cows and don’t worry about their breed or whose pasture you found them in. Just put the bread and butter on the table and let God’s people enjoy the feast.
Pastor Ken Blue was born in Boswell, Ark. In 1955 he accepted Christ as his Savior. He and his wife Joyce were married in 1955. They have 5 children. He graduated from Midwestern Baptist Bible College in 1969 and started the Open Door Baptist Church in Lynnwood, Wa. where he pastored for 39 years. Because of health issues (ALS) he was forced to resign as pastor. It is his desire to continue to be used of God to help pastors and believers through this ministry.
Lynne Hall says
Hi, Pastor Blue:
Just read your post on “Cows and Butter.” Couldn’t help but think of Billy Sunday – and if I’m not mistaken I learned of him through you.