Friday, August 24, 2007

Odd Evangelism?

After prayer meeting last Wednesday, we walked to our car and on the way happened to meet the funeral director.

He said, “Hey. I invited somebody to your church!”

I was intrigued. He had never been to our church! I asked about the person. The funeral director told us that he met an older woman who was looking for a church and thought of us, so he invited the elderly lady to our church.

I asked him, “Well, can you show me where she lives?”

He replied,” What, right now? OK! Let’s go for it!”

So we climbed the sidewalk stairs that took us about two city blocks up the hill and knocked on her door.

A teenager peeked out the window, saw my visitation partner and shouted “Mom, it’s the funeral home!”

I met the woman, a 62 year old lady named Virginia. She invited us in and heard the Good News gladly. The next week, Virginia made a profession of faith in Christ and plans to worship with us next Sunday.

You just never know where your next church member may come from. The may even be brought to you by the funeral director!

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Something is up, but what?

The landlord of the building we rent for our church refused to take our July rent check and returned the one from June as well. I was concerned and asked why, but he said he was having trouble with his taxes and could not take anymore rent from us for for a bit, but not to worry. He said he might be making a decision about the building soon, but that it could be very much in our favor.

What could it be? Please pray! Different scenarios, from giving us the building for free to our church having to move soon, have crossed my mind. Even if it was free, would we find some hidden tax debt attached? I don't want to say "NO" and miss a blessing, but we don't want to say "Yes" and get a Trojan horse either.

I know about this verse:

James 1:5-6 If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all [men] liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering. For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.

I confess, I feel a bit like that wave. We need that wisdom that James 1:5-6 and following speaks of. Please help us pray for it.