Luke 2:22-40 or 2:22, 39-40
In most places, the Church is regarded in law as a “non-profit” organization. This special status carries with it certain privileges not granted to ordinary “profit-making” organizations — tax exemption is one example. In general, Western Society has been congenial toward granting such privileges to the Church, although there are some who are opposed to this arrangement. Without getting into that controversy at this time, I would like to propose for your consideration, the “non-profit” Church as a prophet-making organization (prophet-making: that’s spelled P-R-O-P-H-E-T). By definition, a prophet is a witness to the Word of God –one who speaks for God. Put another way, a modern-day prophet is a person who is trying to become a saint. Would you like to become a saint?
Most conscientious parents are on intimate terms with that constant, nagging concern for their children’s future well-being. A successful career in the arts, a good trade or profession, a good marriage, reasonable financial security, are among the commonly held aspirations…
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