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The Parsonage


He that hath an ear, let him hear.

Have you ever wondered what the life of a minister is like? Well, wonder no longer, because it's time for The Parsonage, where you will experience a day in the life of Reverend Leopold and his wife Ermintrude Bach, patriarch of the perish.

In today's episode we find Pastor Leo finishing his sermon. Listen:

"There are two places we can be in order to find comfort with the Lord. The first place, the place we ought to be if we are in fact a Christian, is right at heels of Jesus listening to and following every Word He says to us. When we're that close, that obedient, then we have succeeded in putting our own life aside and taken on the nature, the Spiritual nature, we were intended to have from the beginning. Any little deviation from the straight and narrow path we are to follow will cause us great pain and awareness of our being out of step with God's will. The second place we can find comfort is to be so far from the Lord that we can no longer hear His voice. Then the sounds of our own thinking, and voices of the world, we mistakenly take for that of the Lord. And of course those wayward voices will all be telling us that we are ok just the way we are and that we don't have to follow any rules and regulations. With that I will close for today. Go with God, and don't forget the evening service."

"Well Pastor Leo, I can't always say that you've done a good job, but today I think you covered some points that many of our congregation really need to hear. As you know, not everyone here is in tune with the Holy Spirit as am I, and I'm supposing you are as well to one degree or another. I hope they were listening and understood what you were telling them, and that they are the ones who are distant and not hearing the Lord's voice. And you know that I will know if they ever turn their lives around and become functioning Christians because they will start listening to what I tell them and stop giving me grief."

"Thank you for the compliment sister Beadle. Yes, I must say, your approval is hard to come by. And as you say, I too hope some of the wayward have heard and understand the importance of what I told them today. However, I'm afraid that hasn't been the case, from the responses I've received so far today."

"Responses Pastor Leo? I thought I was the first to greet you after the service."

"Yes, sister Beadle, you are. And will I be seeing you at tonight's service?"

"I'll make an effort to be here, but you know what a busy person I am."

"Yes, sister Beadle I do know. There are a lot of lives in this parish that need to be corrected, and I know they keep you very busy."

"You're understanding is appreciated Pastor Leo. So I'll be seeing you next Sunday, if not before."

"I' got to tell you Rev, that was a whale of a speech you threw at us today. It hit home, and it weren't gentle about it. Too many things in my life that yanks me away from my faithful walk. Too, too many. I get to feelin' like that Paul feller you read us about who's got'a fight off the part of him that wants to keep him nailed to ol' terra firma, if you know what I mean. I gets to wandering an' the Lord's got to yank my chain. And I gets a wallop of a yank at times 'cause I wanders so far. I's thankful for the yank though. Hate to think how far off track I'd go if I was left to my own, if you know what I mean."

"Yes, I believe I do brother, I mean Mr Plebes. And it's refreshing to know there is at least one person who understands what I was telling them, and that it applies to us, and not to other people as some seem to believe."

"Ain't no trouble there Rev. When you gets down an' dirty like you done today, me an' the missus ain't got no trouble knowin' just who you're talking to."

"That's reassuring Mr Plebes. And will you be with us tonight?"

"Don't see no cause for breakin' tradition Rev. See you tonight."

"Did I hear correctly Dear? Did Mrs Beadle actually give you a compliment? I must have misunderstood."

"No Irma, you heard right. I think it was a rather backhanded compliment. But the words were there, if not the meaning. It's interesting to me that the people I have in mind when I give a sermon, the one's I feel need the information the most, shed it like water off a duck's back. And those who need to hear it least, but appear to be the most needful, fully accept what they're told."

"Yes, Leo, I've noticed that. Appearances certainly are deceiving."

39And Jesus said, For judgment I am come into this world, that they which see not might see; and that they which see might be made blind. 40And some of the Pharisees which were with him heard these words, and said unto him, Are we blind also? 41Jesus said unto them, If ye were blind, ye should have no sin: but now ye say, We see; therefore your sin remaineth. (John 9:)




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