"When The Church Is Working Like It's Supposed To"
(By Edward Earl Jenkins - As seen in The Timothy Report)

9-16-2011 Church Within SOW Seeds Service - Story #656
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Greetings my Dearest Sisters and Brothers, and welcome again to Church Within's Story of the Week ["SOW Seeds”].

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Story of the Week
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When The Church Is Working Like It's Supposed To
(By Edward Earl Jenkins - As seen in The Timothy Report)

There's a wonderful story about Jimmy Durante, one of the truly great entertainers. He was asked to do a show for World War II veterans. He told them he was very busy, but if they wouldn't mind his doing one short monologue and immediately leaving for his next appointment, he'd come. They agreed. But when Jimmy got on stage, he went through the short monologue, then stayed, and stayed. Soon he'd been on stage 15, 20, then 30 minutes.

Finally he took a last bow and left. Backstage someone stopped him and said "I thought you had to go after a few minutes. What happened?"

Jimmy answered, "You can see for yourself if you look on the front row."

In the front row were two veterans, each of whom had lost an arm in the war. One had lost his right arm and the other had lost his left. Together, they were able to clap, and that's exactly what they were doing, loudly and cheerfully.

That's a picture of what's supposed to happen in church: "But the many parts make up only one body when they are all put together. So it is with the 'body' of Christ." But to enjoy its benefits you have to go, and when you get there, you must reach out to others so that you can know, and be known.

Pew-sitting, back-of-the-head fellowship won't cut it! Someone sitting next to you has 20/20 vision where you have blind spots. You need their counsel, correction and comfort. And they need yours. When that happens, the church is working like it's supposed to.

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Pastor's Quote of the Week
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Do not let your deeds belie your words, lest when you speak in church someone may say to himself, 'Why do you not practice what you preach?'

(From: Saint Jerome (374 AD - 419 AD), Letter )

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The Prayer
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Dear God,        
        Help us all to work and play better together.

You ALL are Within the Infinitely Loving Embrace of our Universal Parent,

The Creator's Eternal Love to all of You,
Pastor Daniel

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