Deuteronomy 6:9 And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy house, and on thy gates - - so that your children will remember!!
Jeremiah 30:2 Thus the LORD God of Israel, says, Write thee all the words that I have spoken unto thee in a book.
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Poor Preach - - Poor Pay
Some people have strange ways
of expressing themselves.Dr. Kenneth
Hagin was one of those.One of his
favorite expressions to demonstrate how some ministers show their ignorance
was, “…like a donkey braying in a tin barn at midnight.”He would also tell us to, “Eat the Hay and spit
out the Sticks.” Yet another, piece of
wisdom was, “Poor Preach, Poor Pay.”
Being new to Tulsa, Oklahoma
area, we wanted to find a church home.Initially, we visited the Sheridan Assemblies of God and liked it very
much.It was the church that Dr. Hagin
attended when he was not traveling for his seminars.
For the most part we made Sheridan our church home,
enjoying the fellowship and the ministry there.Wednesday evenings before the service, potluck dinners were sponsored by
the members, and it was a great way to get acquainted with the people.
We were curious though.Since we knew that we had lots of time to
select a church, our decision was to visit several churches and see how they
treated visitors.We dressed in the
school code, which was suit and tie for the men and dresses or skirts and
blouses for the ladies.At most of the
churches, the people stared at us as if we were from a strange country.
Staring is a bit rude, but how do you treat new
visitors to your church?
On another occasion, there
was a tiny church that sounded interesting, so we decided to visit.Small children were playing out front as we
approached.Suddenly as they saw us,
they turned and ran inside, loudly shouting,
“Here comes a
The minister of the church
was a lady, who warmly welcomed us.She
approached my husband and asked if he would be willing to preach next Sunday,
and he affirmed that it would be his pleasure.That Sunday, we brought with us some other students and they sang
specials, gave testimonies, and my husband preached a wonderful message.
What happened next was a
surprise to all!The lady minister came
to the pulpit and announced that this was the final service for this church and
that the church was closing.
WOW!We had shut the church down!We hoped this was not a sign from the Lord!
The offering was not large,
and the lady offered my husband a dollar bill, but he gently refused and told
her that it was his gift to be able to preach for her.
Later when ever we heard
Rev. Hagin say those words, “Poor Preach, Poor Pay,” we would be reminded of
this little church and smile.
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