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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 2 – Intermediate)
Topic: googled (04/10/14)

TITLE: My Racist Landlord
By Ken Ebright
04/14/14


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When Dennis, my boss, and I worked, we liked to chat. "Hey Ken, it's a long drive from Burnsville. Couldn't you find an apartment closer to work?"

"Dennis, the reason I want to stay there is because I have low rent, and he hasn't raised it since I moved in."

Dennis sipped on a cup of water. "An acquaintance of mine rented an apartment in Burnsville. He had problems with his landlord. Who's your landlord?

"Bud Zackery."

"Just for the fun of it, I'm going to do a Google search on him." Dennis slid the mouse and typed in Bud's name. "Did you know he played baseball for the Washington Senators in 1960?"

"No, I didn't."

Dennis's color drained from his face. "Oh oh, there's an article in the Burnsville News Democrat about your landlord saying a racial remark."

I started to feel uneasy. "When I looked at the apartment he told me that he and some buddies of his bought all the apartments in the neighborhood and got rid of all the blacks."

There were good and bad things about Bud on the internet. I wondered what would happen if someone did a Google search on me, or what my pastor would say about me after I died? Would I be known for my fatal flaws or that I am someone who follows Jesus?

They say they know God, but their actions show they do not accept him. They are hateful people, they refuse to obey, and they are useless for doing anything good. Titus 1:16 (NCV).

My children, we should love people not only with words and talk, but by our actions and true caring 1 John 3:18 (NCV).


The first verse talks about how we should not act, but the second tells us how we should live our lives. When I love people by my words and actions, I am showing them Christ's love, but I know, in the past, my actions have not been good. Things are different now because Jesus changed my life, and I want to be more like him. Hopefully, fifty years from now when I am in the grave, if someone googles my name it'll say he struggled with sin, but he persevered to be like Jesus.

Dear Jesus, Please help myself and the people reading this story to get out of our sin and change our lives to become more Christ-like. In Jesus' name. Amen

Authors note: This is a fictional retelling of a true event.


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Tracy Nunes 04/18/14
I like the straightforward way you wrote this and it's so true. You also illustrated that, thankfully, how we are judged in eternity, as Believers, will be with the grace of God and not the condemnation of man. I liked this a lot.
Camille (C D) Swanson 04/18/14
Good approach to the topic. I enjoyed your story and loved the closing prayer.

God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/19/14
You did a nice job of transitioning to the situation to the message. I think we all wonder what others will say about us after we die, but like you pointed out, only one opinion matters. Happy Easter!
Larry Whittington04/20/14
I liked the teaching aspect of your article.

Teaching concepts and principles of God's word may be "your thing". Look over the last few articles you have written and check on yourself what the "flavor" of each have been. If teaching has come through in several of them, keep this thought in mind as you write. This might be the Spirit's gift to you.

As I often say: "Keep you heart in heaven and your eyes in His word."
Linda Buskirk04/21/14
Your use of the topic in this entry was clever and helpful. Reading it resulted in healthy reflection - I will probably Google myself today to find out what's there! More importantly, I will remember the greater lesson of needing to recognize how well my life is reflecting my faith in Jesus Christ. Thank you for that.
Camille (C D) Swanson 04/24/14
Congrats! God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 04/24/14
Congratulations, my friend! Happy, happy dance!!