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Topic: Elephant in the Room (12/05/13)
TITLE: Precious Faith in Action
By Tim Pickl
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Everyone gathered together in our home by around 7:30 p.m. Along with our family of three, there were fourteen people from various walks of life; some were relatives, a few were friends and a couple of neighbors. My wife and I opened with prayer, took requests and specifically prayed for each one-even from the small children. We encourage the children to participate because every child is precious. Their voices are so sweet, and they just believe.
One of the darlings named Precious spoke up. "God, please bring my daddy here. I want him to be saved. Amen."
Everyone responded with a hearty, "Amen!"
Oh, the unsearchable faith of a child!
Precious was a friend of our daughter Abby. They did most everything together; and thankfully, Precious' father allowed us to take her to church. The elephant in the room that night was the fact that he always refused to come to church with us. After awhile we stopped asking, so as not to anger or offend him.
But Precious never stopped asking, seeking, knocking.
We all squeezed into our living room and gathered around our flat screen T.V., because we had a video we wanted to show before we got into our discussion about the "end times".
I popped in the blue ray disc and started it. Within seconds, music blasted from our surround sound system, and a logo flashed on the screen. Soon, the speaker introduced himself and welcomed everyone. About six minutes into the video, there was a knock on the front door. It was another neighbor, who happened to be walking by for an evening stroll and saw our television through our bay window.
"Oh look, it's Bob."
"I was taking my evenin' walk, and saw the earth in flames on the screen and I got curious as to what you are watchin'."
"We're watching the latest video about the endtimes."
"DADDY!" Precious leapt into his arms.
"I love you, punkin."
"I love you more! Can you stay, please?"
"Well, I'm not sure..."
"Please? Please? It's okay, right?"
I immediately responded, "Oh yes, there's always room for one more."
"Well, all right."
"Let me start the video over." I picked up the remote and set the blue ray back to the beginning. Within a few minutes, the special effects popped back on the television, displaying the earth in flames. The video was only 22 minutes long.
"Is this all gonna happen like soon?"
"The Bible says that no one knows the day or the hour. The point of all end time teaching is that we need to be ready to meet The Lord. That's why Jesus came, so that we would be saved from the awful judgment for sin."
"What they are sayin' an' what they are showin'-it's all true?"
"Yes, Bob. Of course, a lot of the graphics we're seeing are artistic interpretations of the end time events. But, yes, it's straight from the Word of God."
"Daddy, you can be saved, too."
"Oh Precious Faith, how your mother named you so perfectly before she passed. I've realized that I don't hate God-I hate cancer. I wanna be saved. How can I be saved?"
"That same question was asked by the Jews in the second chapter of Acts. Let's take a look at Acts 2:36-37 (Amplified):
<i>Therefore let the whole house of Israel recognize beyond all doubt and acknowledge assuredly that God has made Him both Lord and Christ (the Messiah)-this Jesus Whom you crucified. Now when they heard this they were stung (cut) to the heart, and they said to Peter and the rest of the apostles (special messengers), Brethren, what shall we do?</i>
"The answer is in Acts 2:38:
<i>And Peter answered them, Repent (change your views and purpose to accept the will of God in your inner selves instead of rejecting it) and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of and release from your sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.</i>
"The gospel-the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ is represented in Acts 2:38. <i>Repentance</i> equals dying to our sin, <i>Baptism</i> equals being buried with Him and <i>receiving the Holy Spirit</i> is the power of the resurrection."
"I never knew this!"
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