One of the things we will do this week is have our church’s Fall Kickoff. My friend, Dr. Andy Stoker will be preaching on this special day and I invite you to hear one of our best young preachers in North Texas.
Church in general and worship in particular remind us about who we are as Christians. I like the following story because it reminds me about what I am to do and be as a person of Jesus Christ.
A woman from a church was doing a survey for the local ministerial association. She knocked on a door and an ill-dressed man cracked the door slightly and asked what she wanted. She said she was doing an opinion survey for the churches in the community. He said: “If you want to know my opinion just read my bumper stickers,” and he slammed the door.
I have never thought bumper sticker answers to important issues of our time were adequate. More often than you might guess, bumper stickers are an outward facade that hides the real thoughts of the occupant of an automobile.
Several weeks ago a Roman Catholic priest, a friend and colleague, sent me an interesting story. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
A man is being tailgated by a stressed-out woman on a busy boulevard. Suddenly, the light turns yellow just in front of him. He does the right thing and stops at the crosswalk, even though he could have hit the gas and beaten the red light. The tailgating woman hits the roof, lays on the horn, and starts screaming in frustration as she missed her chance to get through the intersection.
As she is in mid-rant, she hears a tap on her window and looks up into the face of a very serious police officer. The officer orders her to exit her car with her hands up. He takes her to the police station where she is searched, fingerprinted, photographed, and placed in a holding cell.
After a couple of hours, a policeman approaches the cell and opens the door. She is escorted back to the booking desk where the arresting officer is waiting with her personal effects. He says, ‘I am very sorry for this mistake. You see, I pulled up behind your car while you were blowing your horn, flipping the guy off in front of you, and cussing a blue streak at him. I noticed the Choose Life license plate holder, the “What Would Jesus Do?” bumper sticker, the Follow Me to Sunday School window sticker, along with the chrome plated Christian fish emblem on the trunk.
Naturally, I assumed you had stolen the car.’
Join us for our Fall Kickoff worship this Sunday, August 30, followed by a lunch with food and fun from 12:00-2:00 pm.