We spent last Sunday...our next-to-last in Oklahoma City (we're on the road speaking again next week)...at Aaron's home church in OKC, Lake Overholser Church of the Nazarene. We had a great time reconnecting with friends we've only been able to see a couple of times since we moved to Stillwater (and being shocked and appalled by who old the teens we worked with have gotten in the meantime)!
Dr. Doug "P. Diddy" Samples and Rev. Steve "Steve-O" Hendrix graciously invited us to briefly share our coffeehouse/house church calling during the Gene Hancock Memorial Missions Minute. Big shoes to fill! :) Even though our video didn't work...here's a link for those of you who missed it: http://www.youtube.com/user/SweetSurrenderpl#p/u/13/DcGsR2hPGPY ...we DID get to see "our" flag hanging on the north wall, and to try to explain why we're so excited about our coming-up-so-quickly adventure!
Diddy also dropped a couple of gems during his sermon over a passage we're HUGE fans of to begin with, Luke 12:15-21:
"Then (Jesus) said to them, 'Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man's life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.' And he told them this parable: 'The ground of a certain rich man produced a good crop. He thought to himself, "What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops." Then he said, "This is what I'll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I'll say to myself, 'You have plenty of good things laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.' 'But God said to him, "You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?" 'This is how it will be with anyone who stores up things for himself but is not rich toward God.'"
Doug's take? 1.) "God LOVES to put money in pockets with HOLES in them." -and- 2.) "Not a ONE of (us) has enough money to BUY a seat at this (Communion) table. So true!
Our (additional) take? Stuff is just stuff. Money is just money. What counts is how we USE it to make the world -not just our little corner of it- a better place, one that reflects God's love and the priorities of his kingdom. Amen!