Skeet Shoot Devotional

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Evaluation
by Frank Carmical


General Information:
I shared this devotional on Saturday morning, in October, 2011 at a home of a member of the church in Erath, Louisiana  USA.

Devotional Title: No Title

Devotional Passage: 2 Cor. 8:9

Devotional Purpose:
The men of Lafayette Bible Chapel have an annual skeet shoot in the autumn of each year.  They typically have it out in the country at the home a church member where there’s lots of wide open spaces. Guys bring their guns, and the church furnishes the bullets!  This is Louisiana in the Deep South! A hearty breakfast is served afterward, and there is a devotional.  Because this event attracts men who are not Christians yet, there is a desire to present at least an introduction to Christianity or the Gospel in the devotional.  So the purpose of the devotional is to give this fun bonding and fellowship time between men a spiritual and Gospel emphasis—to cultivate the soil of hearts to later hear the Gospel and believe in Christ.

Overall Evaluation:
My content was good but because of starting breakfast late and men leaving, I was rushed in the delivery. I drastically cut what you see in the manuscript down to part of the opening story about my boyhood in Louisiana, one bit of humor, the Bible verse, and the closing tsunami story. I felt it was one of the least effective presentations I’ve done because of the many factors working against me. This was unfortunate, but a learning experience.

Strengths:
1. Great closing story. I wish I had saved it for another occasion!
2. Humor and my personal childhood experience in the state of Louisiana.
3. Clear explanation of the Bible verse.

Weaknesses:
1. Delivery was rushed and poor, which lowered me a whole letter grade!
2. I tried to do too much in one devotional. This was part of my undoing!

Comments: None.

The grades I give myself on this devotional:
Number grade:
[on a scale of 1 (low) to 10 (high)]: 7
Letter grade:
[A (high) and F (low)]: C-

*A lesson you can learn from this devotional:
The best laid plans… It’s one thing to prepare and quite another to deliver a devotional. Always prepare for the unexpected, especially that you may get short-changed on time.  It would be good ahead of time to plan to do less.  I had to make cuts on the spot, something not easy to do.  I planned to do too much to start with.  It’s a good idea in even a sermon to think ahead of something you can cut if you have to.  This is especially true if you are a guest speaker at another church, and they cut the time you have to preach. At your own church, you may have a bit more flexibility!