Think It Over

Everybody is looking for you

Mark 1:37
Job 7:1-4,6-7; Psalms 147:1-6; I Corinthians 9:16-19,22-23; Mark 1:29-39

There’s the amusing story about a convicted criminal — a rough-looking character nicknamed “Brutus,” who was about to be paroled after serving a lengthy sentence. Before walking through the prison gates to his long-awaited freedom, he was paid a visit by the prison chaplain. “You have paid your debt to society,” the chaplain said, “so I encourage you to hold your head up high when you walk out of here. Live a good life and, by all means, join the nearest Church as soon as possible.”

It so happened that Brutus found an apartment on the edge of the poorest section of town, yet close to the richest section. It so happened also that the nearest Church was located on the edge of the rich area. Old Brutus lost no time going to see the pastor of that Church and telling him of his desire to become a member. “My good man,” said the pastor, “I don’t think you would be happy here, although I…

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