A SIMPLE BUT EFFECTIVE WITNESS

8 03 2013

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BY STEVE DUNN

“Would you be willing to put a cross on your front line as a simple expression of witness?”

This is how an older lady in a Methodist Church in Harrisburg PA began  a quiet announcement in her church.  “People have all kinds  of signs on their front lawns for many purposes.  How about a simple cross that simply says ‘A Christian lives here.”

Ultimately 250 persons from her church living around the Linglestown area of the city had crosses on their front lawns.  Not garish.  No other messages–but the most powerful one.  “A Christian lives here.”

One day a lady knocked at the door of a house with this cross on the lawn.  “My car broke down, my cell phone doesn’t work, and I am lost,” she told the homeowner.  “I really didn’t known what to do, and then I saw your cross and thought, ‘Someone with  cross will surely help.”

What a wonderful serendipity of the Spirit!  What a wonderful witness!  What a wonderful way to say to a community in an inviting and non-threatening way, “A follower of Jesus lives here.”





WILL ANY ONE BE IN HEAVEN BECAUSE OF YOU?

8 03 2013

by Stephen L Dunn

I was introduced to this church sign today by two different blogs to which I subscribe.  Look at the sign very carefully. Let its message sink in.

Now that you have done this, what do you think? Do you agree or disagree?  At one level, it seems to be a reflection of Matthew 6:19-21:

   “Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal.  But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”

Instead of pursuing material gain or earthly position, invest yourselves in the lives of people. Build relationships that lead to their reconciliation with God and redemption in Christ.  Their presence in heaven, in part because of your hearts, will be what you treasure in heaven.

I agree with that interpretation and if the sign supports it, I affirm its message.