THIS IS THE CONCLUSION OF THE SHORT STORY,"JESUS AT THE CLUB WITH THE EAGLE SQUAD." PART ONE IS DATED MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27, 2010 AND IS PRESENTED DIRECTLY BELOW THIS ONE.
You all glowed with an energy that I could not resist,” Amy remarked.
Carla smiled and gently replied, “Our glow energy is from JESUS.”
Amy looked surprised. She asked, “What are you all doing in the club?!”
Carla and Lisa laugh that Amy wonders.
“Spreading GOD’s love,” answers Lisa.
“Yes,” chimes in Carla, we wait on the Lord. He sent you to us.”
Amy smiles. “Yes He did. I thank GOD and you for being here.”
Lisa joyfully tells her, “We are glad to help.”
Amy asks if she can have their numbers. Lisa hands her a card with the Eagle Squad contact information. Amy thanks them and leaves for home. Carla and Lisa re-enter the club. The Eagle Squad sits a few minutes more, pause to observe the bartender, hand out more mints and then depart to be outside for the time that they have left to remain right outside the club.
A drunken man, Walter, comes out of Club Bliss and stumbles near Love Lifted. Pedro helps him to balance. Walter curses Pedro and the rest of the Eagle Squad.
Pedro, undisturbed, says, “We love you, man.”
Walter looks startled. He staggers away but he does not curse anymore.
The Eagle Squad quietly prays for him.
More months go by and the Eagle Squad club mission has indeed bore fruit. By now most of the club patrons know that the Eagle Squad are in service for GOD. The Eagle Squad gets some respect because they do NOT force the gospel on anyone. Naturally, some folks are hateful toward them, but the hatred cannot quench the glow of the glory of GOD.
One night Teddy, the bartender, walks over to the Eagle Squad in front of Love Lifted. He shares with them that he is a backslidden Christian who is tired of his life in sin. They listen and converse with Teddy. They ask him if he desires prayer. Teddy answers yes. Together they pray.
Teddy joyfully exclaims, “I clearly felt the Lord tug at my heart.” He confidently states, “I know I’ll be back, people, in fellowship with the Lord.”
Robert shouts, “Hallelujah!”
The group praises the Lord.
Michael eagerly tells Teddy, “You are welcome to join us for services at Great Grace.”
Teddy is not ready. “Maybe I’ll come.”
One month, as the Eagle Squad was about to leave Club Bliss, a sober Walter approaches them and apologizes for his drunken conduct that night outside the club near Love Lifted. He tells them that he has been sober for three months. They congratulate Walter and warmly assure him that all is forgiven.
Michael steps forward and shares with Walter, “I was an alcoholic until JESUS saved me and made me a whole man.”
Walter looks hesitant, mumbles a few words and rushes away. He was not at all feeling the episode of the CHRIST testimonial.
The group is NOT discouraged. They keep Walter in prayer and keep to their monthly mission at Club Bliss.
A few more months went by and lo, one Sunday in church, Pedro looks up and in walks Walter with a big smile on his face and twinkles in his eyes. And seated on the other side of the church on the center aisle is Teddy, the bartender, with his hands lifted in praise.
For weeks, Amy has been mentored by Lisa and Carla in their homes. Praise the Lord; they succeeded in loving the hell out of her. Subsequently, she accepted Christ as Savior. One Wednesday night Amy attended Great Grace Tabernacle for Bible study. Lisa encouraged her to sign up for the newly developed class called Eagle Squad 101. Amy was delighted to do so.
Two Sundays in a row, Club Bliss patrons came to Great Grace. Some became Christians and some fell away. Those who remained got serious about GOD. They left Club Bliss so GOD they wouldn’t miss. They came to know and understand that CHRIST lives and glows in glory. Now that is authentic BLISS!
As months go on , meanwhile back at the club…the Eagle Squad continues with Love Lifted…
Scriptures from the King James Bible:
The Acts 4:33
…and great grace was upon them all.
1 Corinthians 6:11
And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
…and how I bare you on eagles’ wings, and brought you unto myself.