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Friday, June 10, 2011

TWO VIEWPOINTS

Jim Smith went to church one Sunday morning. He heard the organist miss a note during the prelude and he winced. He saw a teenager talking when everyone was supposed to be bowed in silent prayer. He felt the usher was watching to see what he put into the offering plate and it made him boil. He caught the preacher making a slip of the tongue five times in the sermon – actual count. As he moved out the side door during the closing hymn, he muttered, “a bunch of hypocrites!”

Ron Jones went to church on Sunday morning. He heard the organist play an arrangement of “A Mighty Fortress is our God” and he thrilled to the majesty of it. He heard a young girl take a moment in the service to speak her simple moving message the difference her faith made in her life. He was glad to see the church was sharing in a special offering for the hungry children of Ethiopia. He especially appreciated the sermon that Sunday – it answered a question that had bothered him a long time. He felt a genuine warmth in the hearts of the people at worship and he thought as he walked out the door of the church, “How can a man come here and not feel the presence of God?”

BOTH men went to the SAME church on the SAME Sunday morning. Each found what he was looking for!

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