Our church hosted Mike Hagen's Strength Team for a week long series of crusades. To be honest the whole concept left me cold and the ads for it were nauseating in my opinion. However, on Sunday Mike Hagen preached the sermon and I was delighted with the quality of his message. I was even more moved by two brief sentences in which he said things that really hit home with me.
The first sentence needs a little set-up. He mentions how we can do the right things and be so busy working for Christ that we aren't in Christ. A very familiar concept for most of us Christians who listened to good ministers in our life. However, sometimes we all need to be beamed between the eyes. Hagen was knocked squarely between the eyes when he went to a ministerial conference and the first thing the speaker said when he walked out was "Christ did not die so that you could have a job."
I am not a preacher but somehow the depth of Christ's death really reached me when Hagen said that.
The second sentence was near the very end of his sermon "Who would you rather have watch your children, Mary or Martha?"