MICHIGAN NOTE: There will be a "Mini-Gathering" in Michigan on Fri Sep 29 - Sat Sep 30. -(3 meetings). Speaker- Andrew Strom. PLACE: Maple Aire Apartments Community Building, E 838 Gerue St, Stephenson, Michigan 49887. TIMES: (1) Fri- 7pm, (2) Sat- 12:30 and (3) Sat- 7pm. PLEASE CALL GARY FOR DETAILS- ph. 906-788-4063. ----------------------------------------- WHAT WOULD the CHURCH DO?? - by Ian Hall. What would the modern church do to Jesus if He were on the earth today?: - They would tell Him to say a little prayer. - They would invite Him to their church. - They would tell Him to give ten percent of his money to the church, and rebuke Him for giving it (and more) to the poor. - They would give Him self-help books to heal his "inner hurt." - They would tell Him that He needed to get rich in order to receive God's blessings. - They would tell Him that apostles and prophets don't exist anymore, and that most of the spiritual gifts aren't for today. BUT being a Church greeter is a "spiritual gift." - They would tell Him to go to seminary school to "perfect" his preaching gift. - They would tell Him, with their actions, that it is OK to sin, as long as you either, (a) Hide it well enough, or (b) Use Scripture to justify it. - They would tell Him to stop playing with the children during the sermon. - They would tell Him to stop preaching repentance, because people don't like it. - They would tell Him to preach messages with a "warm, upbeat" message that make people feel good, so that more people would come to His church and that He could pay His bills for His church building. - They would rebuke Him for saying that the church is people, and not a building. - They would tell Him to stop hanging out with 'sinners.' - They would rebuke Him for making "communion" a meal. - They would rebuke Him for calling several people in church authority "hypocrites." - They would tell Him to stop healing people, because that isn't for today. - They would kick Him out of the church for knocking down the pews and pulpits. - They would gossip about Him, and say that He was starting a "cult."