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Topic: Illustrate the meaning of "Actions Speak Louder than Words" (without using the actual phrase). (02/21/08)
TITLE: Bob and Marcias Sticky Adventure
By Tim Pickl
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hoping that Godâs message will âstickâ with those to whom they witness. While
these believers may be sticky, theyâre not all the same...
The Baileys visited the First Friends Church for the first time on a gorgeous,
sunny Sunday morning. Bob Bailey and his wife Marcia met 7 types of
It was an adventure the Baileys will never forget.
In the Church entrance, they met Roxanne the Red Tape Christian:
âGood Morning. Welcome to First Friends. Weâre so happy to
have you-all here this morning.â
She seems to be friendly, thought Bob. Then, before Bob and Marcia
could walk toward the sanctuary Roxanne blurted,
âWait! Wait a sec! We need you to fill out the âFirst Friends
First Time Friendly Visitor formsâ! Weâre so happy you came.
We just love first time friendly First Friends visitors!â
As Marcia dutifully filled out the forms Bob couldnât help but think,
This woman sure talks a lot. Finally they stepped toward the sanctuary
and Daniel the Duct Tape Christian stopped them:
âHi yaâll. Weeeâre so glaaad to have you folks heeere--â
Draven the Drywall Tape Christian interrupted them, âHey this is an
awesome church. Everyone is so friendly and talks to you, and you can talk
to anybody. Hey--isnât that cool?"
Whew! That guy has some serious bad breath, thought Bob.
Melissa the Masking Tape Christian jumped in to cover up the other two,
âOh, you must be the Baileys! Youâre friends of the Tatums? The Tatums
are such WONderful family and such great friends--Primoâas they say!
I know youâll really love our church!â
Oh no, what now? Reporters? Bob thought.
Sporting an outdated video camera, Victoria the Videotape Christian
matter-of-factly said, âAnd the awesome thing is we videotape and record
ALL of the sermons! If you want a copy, see Roxanne after service and
sheâll give you an order form.â
NO WAY, we ainât fillinâ out any more forms!
Parker the Packing Tape Christian immediately added, âAnd weâll
put the tapes in a real nice First Friends package for ya at no extra charge!â
That was strange, why did he wink? Bob thought.
Powerful singing started, echoing through the church, spilling out
into the entrance. Roxanne, Daniel, Draven, Melissa, Victoria and Parker
marched robotically into the sanctuary and sat as a group, stuck together
in the same section.
âWhy didnât anyone invite us to sit with them?â Marcia asked.
Relieved to finally walk into the sanctuary, they looked around anxiously.
There were only a couple of empty seats in the front and center labeled
âFor our honored First Friendly Visitors.â
As they sat down Bob said to Marcia, âThis music is awesome!â
After several songs and a couple of announcements, Pastor Travis the
Transparent Tape Christian greeted everyone.
âAnd weâre so glad to welcome the Baileys here for the first time this morning!â
All the First Friends politely clapped. âThe Scripture Iâll be preaching from is
found in ProverbsâŚâ
The verse was professionally projected on the screens everywhere.
âA man that hath friends must shew (show) himself friendly:
and there is a friend that sticketh (sticks) closer than a brother.â Proverbs 8:24 (KJV)
âAll Christians strive to be friendly and loyal, just like this verse says.
While all Christians may be sticky, weâre not all the same! I want to be
transparent with you today, is that all right?â
In the midst of the âAmenâ and âPreach it!â, Marcia thought, This is cool.
I like this guy.
Pastor Travis pressed on, âPraise God! Yes, itâs easy to say âIâm your friendâ
here at First Friends church on a Sunday--especially a sunny Sundayâbut
what about Monday? Or Tuesday?â
He paused for effect. No Amens then.
Sure is quiet all of a sudden.
âOkay--I know youâre listening now. Let me help make this proverb stick
in our hearts: Recently on a Tuesday I met one of you at the food store.
While we were chatting, I noticed an elderly lady struggling to get cans
off of a high shelf. Both of us ignored her. Poor thing, I thought.
But I felt a check in my spirit--so I lifted my hand and said, âExcuse me,
we need to help herâ.â
He went on but ended with, âI hear a lot of love in this place every Sunday,
Christians, but if we want that love to stick, weâve got to SHOW IT!â
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