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Beyond the Curtain Part 1 (3 of 13)
How to Enjoy Intimacy With God
Series: No Guts, Not Glory
Preached January 25, 2009
TEXT: Hebrews 10:19-22
Having laid the foundation for this series over the last two weeks, we are now moving into the disciplines, or practices, themselves.
While I am not presenting them in order of importance, the first one with which I want to start is perhaps the most important, yet perhaps most misunderstood, or even misused.
This video clip from the Beverly Hillbillies may well illustrate how many people misunderstand prayer.
Beverly Hillbillies video
We all have a telephone!
Perhaps we don't know how to use it properly, but we all have a phone.
It seems a man in Topeka, Kansas, decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco, and worked his way east from there.
He went to a very large church and began taking photographs, etc. He spots a gold telephone on a wall and is intrigued with a sign which reads, "$10,000 per minute."
Seeking out the pastor, he asks about the phone and the sign. The pastor answers that this golden phone is, in fact, a direct line to Heaven and if he pays the price he can talk directly to God. He thanks the pastor and continues on his way. As he continues to visit churches in Seattle, Boise, Minneapolis, Chicago, Milwaukee, New York, Atlanta, and on around the United States, he finds more phones, all with the same sign, and gets the same answer from pastor.
Finally, he arrives in Texas. Upon entering a church in Corpus Christi, lo and behold, he sees the usual golden telephone. But THIS time, the sign reads, "Calls: 25 cents."
Fascinated, he requests to talk to the pastor. "Reverend, I have been in cities all across the country and in each church I found this golden telephone, and I have been told that it is a direct line to Heaven and that I could talk to God. But, in other churc ...
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