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Half the Old Testament is the word Remember. No, that’s not true. It’s 48%. I just rounded up. As Israel forgot, so do we. Today’s insert is a simple reminder of some of the standards we work to maintain as we sing for the Lord. My prayer is that you […]

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Treasures In Heaven

August 6th, 2013

-bulletin note from Sunday, August 4, 2013

Jack London, the author of “The Call of the Wild”, wrote a lesser known book he entitled, “The Road”.  It chronicled some of his times as a hobo, riding the rails, in the 1890’s.  He was what society refers to today as a homeless man.  Like many homeless men today, he lived that way by choice.  He was young and healthy enough to work a job, but he didn’t want to work.  So, he panhandled and begged meals, tobacco, and money.  In his hoboing days it was not uncommon practice to go to homes and knock on the door asking for a meal.  Wendy’s Canadian grandfather worked for the railroad up there, and her mom remembers some of those types of encounters at their door in the house near the tracks, in her childhood.  Jack London went by the moniker “Sailor Jack” in his hobo days, learning how to tell his stories so convincingly that he could often earn the sympathies of the mothers in the homes he would touch for a meal.  One thing that he particularly recalled from those years before he became a well-known writer, was the fact that in the hardest times, it was not the wealthy families who were most responsive to his requests for aid, but it was the poorest.  He wrote of towns where after spending a hungry day looking for a handout in the affluent areas, he would in desperation go to the poor part of town, where he never failed to get help, even though from those who could least spare it.  No doubt is was then as it is today. The most affluent were least responsive to and least affected by the gospel.  As the wealthy were practicing the heaping up of treasures on earth, many of the poor were practicing the principles that lead to heaping up treasures in Heaven.

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