A good word from Tim Challies re: the difference between the Christian conference, and the normal, Lord's Day worship of the church. Here's a snippet:
The excitement and the anticipation that marks a conference is often noticeably absent in the local church. A sermon preached at a conference can have a greater impact on a person than the very same sermon preached the next Sunday morning in the context of a church service. Why? Because the person attending the conference has prepared himself to receive that message. He believes he will be blessed, he applies himself, and not surprisingly, he finds in the end that he has been blessed.
Read the whole thing here.