True life, godly living, or Christianity, or whatever you want to call it is not in the form and structure of religion, and it is also not in the absences of those things. Rather, it is in how we live our lives and treat other people in the midst of where we are and what we do. Unless what we do is evil, we can do all the religious things that we do, OR we can abstain from all those things. It doesn't matter so much what we do as it does matter how and why we do what we do.
Preaching is speaking a message of value to the hearers
one must speak in the language of the hearers
go to where the hearers are located
Get down at the level of the hearers
Is it logical to say, "God desires" something, but then that God doesn't do anything to bring about his desire?
"God desires that all men to be saved." If hell is true, then, either God is not powerful enough to carry out his desires, OR his desires are wishy washy meaningless dribble. Why would God desire something that He knew that He can't have? What does desire mean? is desire a choice? Is desire static or does it grow or move? Does desire indicate any movement or working towards the object of one's desire?
How many times have I heard myself or others pray, "Lord, protect me from ....."?
If we overeat, we get fat and bring illness upon us. If we steel from others, the police may come and arrest us. If we jump off a cliff we will be injured or killed.