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Topic: The Church (12/06/07)
TITLE: Gopherwood, Right?
By David F. Palmieri Sr.
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"Right here Lord, no need to yell, You
half scared me out of my recliner, whatís up"?
"I want you to build Me aÖ."
"An Ark?ÖYouíre being facetious? I thought You said no more worldwide floods."
"Noah, shut up and let Me finish. I want you to build Me a church."
"Let me guess, Gopherwood, right"?
"Donít push Me Noah, youíve been walking with me a long time but I still expect respect.Ē
"Sorry Lord, just feelingí a little giddy this morningí"
"Well, get un-giddy Noah, I have a special project, just for you."
"Lord, Iíve been retired for over 6000 years now. Canít You get some younger guy for this project"?
"I could, if it were MY Will to do so, but I know I can depend on you to get the job done."
But, Lord, You already have a Church, donít you"? I heard that You built one on Peter in that New Testament time. Did Peter let you down, or something"?
"No, Peter didnít let Me down, but the church has changed a lot, not always for the better, as they watch the Last Days approaching."
"Foundation problem, Lord"?
"Certainly not a foundation problem Noah. My Church is built on a firm footing. My Son Jesus is the foundation and He is the same yesterday, today and forever. That foundation will never crumble, donít you worry your little head over that."
"So then, whatís the problem Lord"?
"The problem is Noah, when I established the New Testament Church I filled it with born again, baptized, Bible believing, Spirit filled people."
"I get Your drift Lord, a bundle of saved sinners, huh"?
"Yes Noah, to put it bluntly in terms even you can understand. You would think that as they see prophecy being fulfilled all around them they would react differently. A blind man can see the end times quickly approaching just by listening to the evening news."
"So, what are they doing that has You so upset Lord"?
"Itís not all of them Noah, donít get me wrong. Many have remained faithful throughout the years, but unfortunately a large number have simply become lazy. If you read My book of Revelations youíll get a better idea whatís going on
Some of My children have grown, or rather regressed into a state of complacency. Others have left their first love. Still others have gotten lukewarm, which is distasteful to Me to say the least. Many have forgotten My instructions to lift up the other members of the body. Even more have completely ignored my orders to make disciples of all nations."
"So, if itís that bad are you going to destroy them after I get this new church builtĒ? Based on past history they probably deserve it."
"No, Noah, I wouldnít even think of destroying My church. I love them too much to even consider that. Itís just that it hurts Me so much to see their disobedience. I feel like I need to shake them up a bit. Especially the ones living in countries that have an abundance of things. They seem to be the worse ones."
"Lord, if I can put my two cents in, I donít think you need me to build a new church for you. I think You need to send Your Holy Spirit down there and grab those folks attention."
"Iíve been trying Noah, Iíve been allowing storms, fires, terrorist attacks, epidemics, you name it, Iíve acclaimed it." Now theyíre trying to deny the Holocaust ever happened, that fetuses arenít babies, that men can marry men and itís illegal to show the birth of my Son using simple, non-threatening statues on a court house lawn. Unfortunately, many in My Church sit back and let these things happen without speaking up. What will it take to get through to My children"?
"You are right though Noah, forget building the new church. I wanted to get the Word out and I thought this was a great way to do it. Go back to your chair and enjoy the game. By the way, the Angels are ahead by 398 to 0."
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