Monday, July 1, 2013

Minnie Goes to Heaven (108)

(a novel continued)

The discipleship group gathered at Nan’s house. “What do we do with these dreams?” Nan wanted to know.
“Well it’s pretty obvious the first step is to actually get the churches on the same page.” Melissa said.
“That would be a miracle,” Amy said.
“How did the disciples get people from every tribe and nation together? Like in Acts?” Brenda wanted to know.
Nan reached for her Bible. “It’s right here. Now there were then residing in Jerusalem Jews, devout and God-fearing men from every country under heaven." Nan looked up above the rim of her glasses, “Read from every denomination in Haven. And when this sound was heard, the multitude came together and they were astonished and bewildered, because each one heard them speaking in his own dialect. And they were beside themselves with amazement, saying, Are not all these who are talking Galileans?"
“That’s it.” Minnie said. “We have to do signs and wonders. That’s what got everybody’s attention. Think about it. Everybody is so ready to believe when they see supernatural things happening. We have to ask God to do miracles and then we follow through with the good news.”
“The good news?” Amy looked puzzled.
“That’s the whole problem right there,” Minnie said. “We are so content with our small lives we don’t even recognize the good news. How are we going to get others excited about salvation, living with Jesus forever and ever, if we’ve lost that first love? I mean I was actually in heaven with Jesus, walking with Him and talking with Him and here I am living in the shadows. That’s the difference living in full colour to living in gray.”
“So we just go out and do a few miracles?” Hannah asked.
“No, we pray for God to do the miracles. He does them and then we do the follow through.”
“The follow through?”
“We preach, or rather just explain what God just did and ask people to accept Jesus as their Saviour.” Minnie said.
“What about the preachers? Where do they fit in?” Amy asked.
“Like you said, they will be one of the miracles, preaching together.” Minnie said.
“All sounds very pie in the sky,” Jill said. Jill who was new to the discipleship group had kept pretty quiet up to this point. She belonged to Minnie’s church and had a very practical bent.
“That’s why we have to pray.” Minnie insisted. “All this is very pie in the sky unless God wants it to happen. He has to do His part first. But, His part will be rather pointless if we don’t follow through.”

“Let’s pray then,” Jill said.

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