July 2, 2017: Be Careful!

Posted on : Jun 29th, 2017 | By | Category: This Sunday's Service

This Sunday we conclude our three Sunday focus on “what it takes” to be an authentic Christian in the 21st Century.  Our theme this week is “Be Careful.”  Those words are often used to mean “watch out!” or “be cautious.”  But that is not the original meaning of those words.

Here is an example of the spiritual meaning of “being careful.”  I have no idea who the author is.  Someone gave it to me years ago.  Kudos to whoever wrote it!

A mouse looked through a crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife opening a package; what food might it contain?

The mouse was aghast to discover that it was a mouse trap!

Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed the warning, “There is a mouse trap in the house, there is a mouse trap in the house.”

The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, “Mr.  Mouse, I can tell you this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me; I cannot be bothered by it.”

The mouse turned to the pig and told him, “There is a mouse trap in the house.”

“I am so very sorry Mr.  Mouse,” sympathized the pig, “but there is nothing I can do about it but pray; be assured that you are in my prayers.”

The mouse turned to the cow, who replied, “Like wow, Mr. Mouse, a mouse trap; am I in grave danger, Duh?”

So the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected to face the farmer’s mouse trap alone.

That very night a sound was heard throughout the house, like the sound of a mouse trap catching its prey.  The farmer’s wife rushed to see what was caught.

In the darkness, she did not see that it was a venomous snake whose tail the trap had caught.

The snake bit the farmer’s wife.

The farmer rushed her to the hospital.

She returned home with a fever.  Now everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup, so the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup’s main ingredient.

His wife’s sickness continued so that friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock.  To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.

The farmer’s wife did not get well, in fact, she died, and so many people came for her funeral the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide meat for all of them to eat.

So the next time you hear that someone is facing a problem and think that it does not concern you, remember that when the least of us is threatened, we are all at risk.

More on Sunday!

Blessings,

Dan

 

~ This Sunday’s Scripture ~

Matthew 10: 6-16

Jesus said to the disciples:

Go to the lost sheep of Israel.

As you go, proclaim this message: ‘The kindom of heaven has come near.’

Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse those who have leprosy, drive out demons. Freely you have received; freely give.

Do not get any gold or silver or copper to take with you in your money belts—

no bag for the journey or extra shirt or sandals or a staff, for the worker is worth his or her keep. Whatever town or village you enter, search there for some worthy person and stay at their house until you leave.

As you enter a home, give it your greeting.

If the home is deserving, let your peace rest on it; if it is not, let your peace return to you.

If anyone will not welcome you or listen to your words, leave that home or town and shake the dust off your feet.

Truly I tell you, it will be more bearable for Sodom and Gomorrah on the day of judgment than for that town.

“I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as shrewd as snakes and as innocent as doves.”

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