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Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)
TITLE: It's All About the King
By Donna Powers
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If youíll please refer to your information packet, youíll see we have an extensive list of people visiting today. As you can see, we have people of all races, nationalities, and denominations. Is there a question?
Excuse me, sir. I donít see any Seventh Day Adventists listed here.
Donít worry about them. They were here yesterday. As I was saying: race, nationality or denomination doesnít matter. If the person has ďsalvationĒ written on their entry ticket, they get in. If they donít, they remain potential visitors Ė at least until they die.
Can you tell us what happens here?
The visitors have a series of events to go through. Many choose the Praise Train, while some opt for the Worship center. Others stay in the Blessings or Healings rooms for the entire day. Those who like to read or want to learn can spend time in The Word. One of our favorite attractions is The Choir Ė and thereís no musical experience needed for that. Some enjoy going to Fellowship. Our visitors really enjoy those experiences.
Sounds great! Is the food any good?
We have something for everyone. In the Canaan restaurant, the dishes are made from milk and honey. The Abraham and Son Diner features lamb dishes, while The Prodigal has fatted calf. At The Wedding Feast, they serve everything banquet-style. If we get any health food lovers, we send them to John the Baptistís Platter, but we always warn people that he puts locusts into everything.
That sounds wonderful. Is everything fun?
Not really. Thereís the Loneliness event on one side, and unfortunately many end up in the Poverty Zone. Some of our visitors get trapped in the maze of Discontentedness. Temptation is a very frequently-visited event, and Persecution can be a life-threatening experience.
Why would anyone want to go through those events?
Well, thereís a Helper that stays with you through any of those events, and whenever anyone goes through one of the events successfully, they come out looking and acting a little more like the King.
Well, that sounds like itís worth it. Anything else we need to know?
Take a look at that list of visitors in front of you. Itís pretty long, isnít it? But itís not long enough. The King wants everyone to visit, and, as you can see, thatís not happening.
So, what do you do about that?
Itís up to us to convince those who visit here to pass the word about this place to others. We supply the tools to help them talk to potential visitors, so they can share their experiences and help others to decide to visit here.
This all sounds pretty simple. As long as your ticket says ďsalvationĒ, you get to come in. Why do you suppose so many still donít visit here?
Well, for one thing, the road here is a narrow one and it can be overlooked. Also, other places can look pretty enticing if you donít know the Truth. Many enjoy the Deception Dome, or go to Good Works Garden or Humanistic World. And there are those who choose to ignore or defy the King altogether. Still, thereís always a chance everyone may someday choose to visit- and thatís what the King wants.
Well, what about terrorists? What aboutÖ?
The King wants them to come, too. He made this place for everyone. Thatís why He offers salvation tickets to anyone who chooses them Ė and why we try so hard to convince our visitors to give everyone information about how to come here.
What happens to those who never choose to come here?
Thereís a place down a much broader road, called the Lake of Fire. Believe me: you donít want to go there. Those who do will eternally regret it. But letís not dwell on that. Can I interest you in checking out our Visitorsí Center?
Is that where I can find out about how to get those salvation tickets?
Yes, our guides will explain the Way to get here and say a prayer with you. Depending on what you do after that, you could even choose to visit us today!
But my nameís not on this visitorsí list.
Step right this way, sir. Weíll be glad to explain how to fix that.
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