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Acts 1 part 3: An Angel's Blog

When I am preparing for a sermon I sometimes just start writing speculative essays to get the creative juices flowing. I thought I would share this along with the previous two posts. Thanks for indulging me. Perhaps it will inspire you to write some of your own...
ANGEL BLOGBy now you’ve probably heard about the terrestrial events from yesterday. Most of you have been busy with HIS reception and the establishment of the Holy Ministry of the Light.When you get a chance you should catch up on the story of HIS exodus from the earth. You can get a good play-by-play from Lucious’ post from last night. We both had a ring-side seat, and even got to be a part of the action.I won’t retell the story, but I would like to give my thoughts on what happened. Of course, all of us knew part of the story before it happened. We’ve been gazing at it for all of eternity. But what we didn’t get to know until now is what part the humans would really play in all of this. What amazing creatures the Father has…

Acts 1 part 2: Eisegesis

Maybe this is how the meeting went before they got to Acts 1:8...

“Ok, friends, there are a few more things I need to share with you. I noticed some of you came prepared to be here a while. That’s good. I want you to stay in the city until you receive what’s coming. Don’t look at me like that. I’ve explained everything before. Its the gift from the Father that I spoke of. John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now. What I have to say is very important so could some of you lads go tell the latecomers to hurry
it up! While we wait let’s sing!
Andrew, Peter, nice of you to join us. Peter! Your beard looks beautiful today. Thanks for washing up for the occasion.”
“My beard is not nearly as clean as you have made my heart, My Lord. If you’ll permit, before you speak on, some of the brothers have a question.”

“When have I ever denied the curious? Indeed, I am so amazed by the refreshed appearance of your groomed visage I could watch you …

Acts 1

If they'd had text messaging in the first century...

Ptr: Big Mtg @ Zchra’s house 4 lunch tomorrow
Andrew: What’s up?Ptr: Not sure, but everybody’s gonna be there. He’s got something major to share.
Andrew: Its about time. Everything’s turned out better than expected, but what now?Ptr: I’ve got a weird feeling. He’s been “finishing” things again if you know what I mean.
Andrew: You mean like before Jerusalem? What do you think he’s planning?
Ptr: I can’t get a thing out of him, but it seems like he’s been preparing us for something. He’s been asking me some weird questions ever since the day on the beach.Andrew: I’ll never forget that breakfast! What kind of questions?
Ptr: He keeps asking me if I remember the things he did. He want’s me to retell the same stories over and over again. Its almost like he doesn’t remember.Andrew: Weird. Maybe he doesn’t want you to forget. He introduced me to some new believers as, “Pastor Andrew”. last night.
Ptr: He’s been doing that to me too. Makes me …

Not Another Statistics Post

According to the 2000 Census for the cities of Coeur d'Alene, Post Falls, and Hayden combined there were:
1,790 Single Moms1,326 Households living below the poverty line5,833 Households of married couples living with children2,433 Seniors 65+ living alone6,138 Divorced (661 Separated)423 Grandparents caring for their grandkidsAccording to another report there are 644 homeless people in our county.

In contemplating Christ's command to "love your neighbor" I've been doing a little research to better understand who my neighbors are. I know these statistics don't really tell me who these people around me are, but it is a place to start when I pray for my community. Instead of just praying, "Lord help all those people out there," I can pray for the 1,790 single moms who I know are facing difficult daily issues or the 2,433 seniors or live their days without much human contact.

Please join me in praying for our community.