Can You Hear Me Now! by David Cawston

Can You Hear Me Now!
David Cawston
Luke 14:16-24

Today I am launching a Summer Evangelism theme...

Forty-one-yea old Kathleen Gooley thought she was getting married.
But two months before the big event, the groom got cold feet and backed out. If that weren't bad enough, she was also stuck with the $4,000 bill for the reception hall.

So, on the suggestion of her intended bridesmaid, Rinda Farnham, she decided to give a party for the homeless.

On June 24, 1990, what was to be her wedding day, busloads of 150 homeless men and women from southwestern Connecticut arrived at the Canongate catering hall. Many had not had a hot meal in weeks; that Saturday, they feasted on fancy hors d'oeuvres and a filling full course meal. She received national attention because she replaced those who had been invited with those who would never expect to be invited.

In Luke 14:16-24 Jesus told the story about a great banquet!

16 Jesus replied: "A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests.
17 At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, 'Come, for everything is now ready.'
18 "But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said, 'I have just bought a field, and I must go and see it. Please excuse me.'
19 "Another said, 'I have just bought five yoke of oxen, and I'm on my way to try them out. Please excuse me.'
20 "Still another said, 'I just got married, so I can't come.'
21 "The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, 'Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.'
22 "'Sir,' the servant said, 'what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.'
23 "Then the master told his servant, 'Go out to the roads and country lanes and make them come in, so that my house will be full. NIV

The host invited his people to come, but all of them ...

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