Did You Hear About...?
- Written by Pete Phelan Pete Phelan
May I ruffle your feathers?
I too often hear that Jesus had to forgive Peter three times because Peter denied Jesus three times. Interesting. I have on good authority that Jesus died for us so we could be forgiven once and for all. Long before we read John 21, Jesus had forgiven Peter. In John 21:15-17, Jesus was commissioning Peter to feed the lambs - those new believers who needed nurturing, to take care of my sheep by pastoring the flock, and to feed my sheep by continuing to guide and direct even the older sheep. Some of my Baptist friends tell me Peter spoke Greek because Jesus asked Peter, "Do you AGAPE me," and Peter replied, "I PHILIOS you." My understanding is that Peter spoke Aramaic, and could neither read nor write. I currently hear that a gentleman in town believes I baptize incorrectly because I repeat the words of Christ, baptizing in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, and not in the name of Jesus only. I have heard that the Great Banquet has become the Great Testimony and Salvation Show and that 260 West McLaughlin Ave is their church building. I have heard that our church is dying and when it finally takes its last breath so it will be. I have heard that the mission of First Presbyterian is "To know Jesus as Lord and Savior and to make Him known." I hear a lot.
What I know is that God so loved you and me, that He gave his one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall have eternal life, and have it abundantly. I know that I am to test the spirits and be filled with the Holy One. I know that I can do nothing without Christ, but I can do all things through Him. I know that I have been given The Word to defeat the deluder Satan, and that I should trust in the Lord and not in mere humans.
Therefore, I challenge you Dorothy to get out of the poppy field with your friends and get back to church. Reclaim 260 West McLaughlin as a house of the Lord, and demand that the leadership lead (not merely manage), the mission be fulfilled, and we truly make Him known. Matthew 28 says to make disciples of all nations - not just our grandchildren, to teach them to obey everything Christ has commanded us, and to rely on Him who will always be with us.
See you in church. I usually get there late. If you wonder why, I’ll gladly let you know. Or, if you think I’ve been messing with the bees, pray for me. (re. The Point, Harry Nillson)
On the inside,