One of my longtime friends, Larry Snyder, pastor of Victory Baptist in Clinton gave a book to me containing this little gem:
“A preacher who suffered extreme strained relations with his congregation was finally appointed chaplain at the state prison. Elated to be rid of him so easily, the people came in droves to hear his farewell sermon. The preacher chose as his text John 14:3, ‘I go to prepare a place for you that where I am there ye may be also…’”
Strained relations in any group are usually no fun and as strange as it may seem most can be worked out once feelings cool off and reason can break through.
A long look at the passage chosen by the new state prison chaplain should give a thinking person insight into a truth that can go a long way toward resolving conflicts among Christians whether the conflict is associated with family, congregation or the community at large.
In the passage Christ is talking about going to heaven. We Christians understand some of the many things He is now doing on our behalf in that celestial realm one of which is engaging in intercessory prayer as per John 17.
I am fairly certain though with no biblical basis whatsoever that one of His oft repeated prayers must be, “Father, on the basis of my shed blood, please help these Spiritual Pigmies for whom I died to stop bickering.’”
Copyright © 2012 Larry Lilly
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