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Friday Greetings - July 23

“The United Methodist Church has gotten to where it’ll let anybody through the doors,” the woman snarled. I’m sure she kept a list in her head of THOSE people---the ones she didn’t feel were fit to sit in her church. You may want to pat yourself on the back for not being like that woman, but you and I are more like her than we’d care to admit. For example, I don’t particularly want serial killers, child molesters, rapists, white supremacists, or embezzlers at Centenary. Yet … unless THOSE people are beyond redemption (and they’re not; nobody is), then what better place for them than our Church?

If you’re the beautiful grass in God’s front yard, who are the weeds? If you consider yourself a precious lamb in God’s flock, who do you see as the goats? Who would you consider eliminating from the face of the earth if you could do it and never get caught? Jesus told his disciples a story about judging people as good or evil and dividing the world into “us” and “them.” This Sunday I’ll talk about it in the second of three sermons about the Kingdom Parables of our Lord. Join us in worship!

Pastor Vann

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