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The most hillarious Sunday, ever!

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If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know…

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I have to admit, I just had the most hillarious Sunday ever. The story goes like this…

Audrey was leading today’s liturgy. She is a canadian. One of her ways in following the liturgy is by involving certain people in the congregation in the service. So, today she asked Vladimir (sounds like count dracula :p), a russian to pray. And right before she introduced the speaker of the day, she asked this american guy whom I forgot his name, I just knew him and his wife weeks before (with another funny story to tell) to read a bible passage. Interestingly enough, he could not read the bible passage properly. I am sorry, I found it a bit annoying to hear a native speaker of English, a man, asked before hand to read a certain Bible passage and he could not do it properly. He was lost between the lines for several time, he was unclear and spoke softly. I know, I should be more gracious, he might be nervous to read a Bible passage written in his own mother tongue. Sure, that must be it.

But the most fatal thing was, either he did not mention it or I missed it, I did not get which bible verse he was reading. Oh God, I really thought he was reading one of the chapter in Deuteronomy. He was just sitting 3 rows in front of me. But he sounded like he was reading from Alaska. Well, especially when you sat next to a woman who kept on talking spanish to you, and you tried to ignore her, but then she was waving her hands to this little boy who sat on a row before us who found me interesting since he looked at me almost the whole time. I decided to whisper to myself. OK, I missed this one, but I will get the verse when the speaker came up to the pulpit.

Then, you know what happened? For the next 30 min or so, this speaker referred to the same passage without mentioning again where in the Bible that passage was. I was beyond believe. Oh dear pastors all around the world. Please make sure you mention the passage you are preaching several times. I was about to cry. But then I braced myself and try to be smart. I knew it was one of the gospels since he said that it was Jesus’ words. Ok, that leave me with 4 books to look for, even though that is still a lot. He kept on mentioning verse 17. Well, that’s not helping. I catched he mentioned something about sermon of the mountain. So, that must be in Matthew. But all verses 17 have nothing to do with what he was talking about. I guess he was saying that he was supposed to preach about Sermon on The Mount, but he had the urge to preach this particular passage. I looked at this Irish man helplessly. Didn’t he see that people did not get what he was talking about (except that american guy). Especially, since the woman who sat next to me talked to her friends about which Bible Passage were being discussed, I overheard that they dont have a clue as well. Sigh.

I know, I know, I pleaded guilty. I should have just raised my hand and asked him to repeat the Bible passage. But I was just too shy to do that. So, what I did was to jot down all the points that I could learn from him and the verbatim of the verse that was the key of his preaching.

Now, at home, I looked for it throught the mighty google, and it turned out to be John 7:17.

My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me. 17 If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking on my own authority.

Ah!

The fact that I finally found the verse is the living proof that If anyone’s will is to do God’s will, he will know. 🙂 What a funny day. Thank God we ended the service well and had a great time drinking coffee in the coffee bar behind the church afterwards. Hope you had a great Sunday as well. 🙂

 

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