Jesus: Now I have divided you 70 men into 35 pairs. I want you to go to every town I plan to visit.
Jonah: How soon will you be coming?
Joel” Yeah, like we don’t want to promise the people you’ll be there –
Joab: And then you like never show up.
Jesus: Just go. I’ll be there. I send you forth as lambs among wolves.
Jacob: Say what?
Japheth: Man, that doesn’t sound like good.
Jesus: Don’t take any money with you, or extra shoes.
Judah: But what if our shoes like wear out?
Jesus: If someone asks you to come to super, you say, “Peace be to this house.”
Jehosaphat (writing it down laboriously): Peace – be – to – this – house.
Jesus: If they receive you graciously, then peace will indeed rest upon that house.
Jubal: What if they serve us six-day-old lentils?
Jesus: Then this peace will return to you. But don’t refuse their hospitality. Stay at this same house and be grateful for all the meals they give you.
Jude: But I don’t like lentils.
Jesus: You must eat whatever is served to you. And if sick people are brought to you, heal them and tell them, “God’s kingdom has come near to you.”
Jebu: I don’t want to touch anyone who has leprosy.
Jesus: But if some town refuses to receive you, wipe the dust of their streets off your shoes.
Jeconiah: Yeah, I like that!
Jesus: And tell them – as you leave – “God’s kingdom has come near to you.” Remember, he who hears you, hears me. He who despises you, despises me. He who despises me despises Him who sent me.
(Several weeks later)
Jeremiah: Lord, we were able to cast out devils in your name!
Jesus: With the power I gave you, nothing can hurt you.
Joram: I’m ready to sign up to go again!
Jesus: Rejoice! Your names are written in heaven!
Discussion: Where are you willing to go in Christ’s service?
Activity: Go to the grocery store and buy some food for the local food pantry
Please remember in prayer this week Vivian Hansard, George Berquist, June Lamm, Francis Corera with surgery Thursday, Mike Rumel with surgery today, and Pastor Weatherly with her re-scheduled surgery tomorrow. Please also remember Sam & Faith Clay as they move to North Carolina. Their new address is: 199 Merion Circle, Pinehurst, NC 28374.
A church family has requested weekly (paid) help with housekeeping, driving to doctors’ appointments, and down-sizing their household. If you know of someone, this referral would be most welcome. If you are this caring Christian, please call the office for more information.
Come out and cheer our softball team on to final victory, (they are 10-1) this Wednesday at 7:30pm at Huffman Park, 400 W. Cowan, Madison Heights. World Series to follow, if they win!!!
This Sunday you may sign up for the George Bauman Memorial Troy 1st Golf Outing on August 7th. See Jeff Stover in the CLC.
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