by Jim Henry

Jim Henry, Pastor
First Baptist Church
3701 L.B. McLeod Road
Orlando, FL 32805
Reprinted from Radio Program, "WE BELIEVE"
Program #109, CT # 1737

Luke 7:36-50

As you look at the parables of Jesus, you'll notice that He always told them
in the midst of a situation where He'd either been asked a question or something
was happening. He was dealing with life. And so, we see a very real situation
in this passage, and we're going to look at it.
Mealtime can be a blessed event or it can be a disaster. Everybody knows
exactly what I'm talking about. You know, if you go out to eat somewhere and
the kids spill something over everybody around, you know how that goes. If
somebody unexpectedly comes to dinner, and you haven't told your wife, you know
how that goes, especially afterwards. Things can happen at mealtime, like at no
other time. It should be the happiest and best time for a family to get
together, because you've got food before you, and you've got a chance to share
what's been going on in your life. It shouldn't be a time for fussing and
arguing. Some families get together at dinner and they discuss anything, or
they're fighting all the time. They miss the whole point of a wonderful event
in the life of the family. But that time can also cause things to happen that
you hadn't expected to happen.
I remember when Dr. Baker James Cauthen, who was the head of the Foreign
Mission Board, came to our home for dinner. He'd been speaking in our church,
so we had him come to our house for lunch. Jeanette had cooked all day and half
the night, cleaned the house and dusted things that hadn't been dusted in a day
or two, and did all those extra things. Then she ran home from church and then
it was time for us to come home. We brought Dr. Cauthen home and we were so
excited and thrilled to have this great man of God in our house. We came to the
dinner table and I mean, Jeanette had spread that dinner table like something ...

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