Every day, we need to go to our quiet place...

A Quiet Place

Today's Scriptural Meditation Readings:

May 7, A.D. 2001

Acts 11:1-18
Psalms 42:2-3; 43:3-4
John 10:1-10

A brief reflection on today's Scripture passages:

Our city recently hosted a conference on "faith and healing." Considering myself a man of faith and witness to the great healing power of Christ, I tuned into a local radio program promoting the conference all prepared to hear the Good News. I learned that a woman could tell my fortune by looking at my palm, while another man could plug my birthdate into his computer and tell me when my "up cycles" and "down cycles" were. Another woman explained that through her unique style of meditation mixed with astrology I could experience heaven on earth. I won't even go into the discussion they had on how I was to heal myself of all ailments.

Today, Christ warns us that anyone who attempts to enter the sheepfold in any way other than the gate is a thief and a marauder.

Thieves and marauders. Some things obviously have not changed much in the past 2000 years. They were around in Christ's time and they're still here today. And thieves they are! I could experience "heaven on earth" for a low introductory price.

Christ never charged me a penny. In fact, He still gives to me freely daily and I couldn't buy His gift if I wanted to. Beware, my friends, of these thieves with grand promises. There is only one gate to heaven and only one gatekeeper. He is our Shepherd and His voice is very distinct.

- Don Claunch (1995)


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