Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Do You Ever Wonder Who "They" Really Are?

"Don’t forget to show hospitality to strangers, 
for some who have done this have entertained angels without realizing it! 
Remember those in prison, as if you were there yourself. 
Remember also those being mistreated, 
as if you felt their pain in your own bodies."  
Hebrews 13:2-3

Today  read the following message from a group named Charter for Compassion which in many ways illustrates that scripture.

A teaching story:

Pastor Jeremiah Steepek (pictured here)
transformed himself into a homeless person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be introduced as the head pastor at that morning.

He walked around his soon to be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people for service....only 3 people out of the 7-10,000 people said hello to him. He asked people for change to buy food....NO ONE in the church gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please sit n the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him. 

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church announcements and such.

When all that was done, the elders went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the church to the congregation........"We would like to introduce to you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"....The congregation looked around clapping with joy and anticipation.....The homeless man sitting in the back stood up.....and started walking down the aisle.....the clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him....he walked up the altar and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) and paused for a moment....then he recited

“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’ “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told them all what he had experienced that morning...many began to cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....Today I see a gathering of people......not a church of Jesus Christ. The world has enough people, but not enough disciples...when will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service until next week.......Being a Christian is more than something you claim. It's something you live by and share with others.

The End

Of course, my mind working as it does, could not help but think about the final episode of the show Touched By An Angel.   If you've never seen that episode, I won't spoil it for you.  You can watch it here.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

So What Are Your Plans For the Future?

From the age of 15 until last year, if you had asked me that question I would have responded with a laundry list of goals and objectives.  That all changed in 2012.

Today, if you ask me that question I will probably respond with a bit of embarrassment, "I really don't know."  Don't misunderstand me, I have goals and I make plans.  However, all of my best laid plans went up in proverbial smoke.    In our society, we are taught that we must have very clear goals and objectives.  However, I have learned that when you make a firm decision to follow Jesus,  God has a way of changing everything.  A very hard thing to explain.

Maybe one day I'll be able to explain it as well as the gentleman in this video clip.   Enjoy and Thanks for following my blog.