[anzac] THE HOMELESS PREACHER - A Classic!

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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 2013 00:18:02 +1200
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Pastor Jeremiah Steepek transformed himself into a homeless 
person and went to the 10,000 member church that he was to be 
introduced as the head pastor at that morning. He walked around 
his soon-to-be church for 30 minutes while it was filling with people 
for service....only 3 people out of the 7 - 10,000 people said
hello to him. 

He asked people for change to buy food... NO ONE in the church
gave him change. He went into the sanctuary to sit down in the 
front of the church and was asked by the ushers if he would please 
sit in the back. He greeted people to be greeted back with stares 
and dirty looks, with people looking down on him and judging him.

As he sat in the back of the church, he listened to the church 
announcements and such. When all that was done, the elders 
went up and were excited to introduce the new pastor of the 
church to the congregation...... "We would like to introduce to 
you Pastor Jeremiah Steepek"... The congregation looked around
clapping with joy and anticipation... The homeless man sitting in 
the back stood up... and started walking down the aisle... the 
clapping stopped with ALL eyes on him... he walked up the altar 
and took the microphone from the elders (who were in on this) 
and paused for a moment... then he recited-

"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are 
blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared 
for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you 
gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me some-
thing to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed 
clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, 
I was in prison and you came to visit me.' "Then the righteous will 
answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or 
thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a 
stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? 
When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?' "The
King will reply, 'Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the 
least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.'

After he recited this, he looked towards the congregation and told 
them all what he had experienced that morning... many began to 
cry and many heads were bowed in shame.... he then said....
Today I see a gathering of people.... not a church of Jesus Christ. 
The world has enough people, but not enough disciples... when 
will YOU decide to become disciples? He then dismissed service 
until next week... Being a Christian is more than something you 
claim. I'ts something you live by and share with others...

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