by Stephen Whitney

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How To Worship (2 of 3)
Series: Worship
Stephen Whitney
John 4:24

In 1977, Maria Rubio, who lived in New Mexico, was making a burrito when she noticed that the skillet marks on one of her tortillas resembled the face of Jesus. Excited, she showed it to her husband and neighbors and they all agreed that there was a face etched on the tortilla and that it truly bore a resemblance to the familiar iconic Roman Catholic image of Jesus.

So she went to her priest to have the tortilla blessed. She testified that the tortilla had changed her life and her husband agreed that she had been more peaceful and happy since the tortilla arrived.
The priest, not accustomed to blessing tortillas, was somewhat reluctant, but agreed to do it.

Maria took the tortilla home, put in a shadow-box frame with piles of cotton to make it look like it was floating on clouds and her husband built a special altar for it. They put the whole thing in a wooden utility shack in the backward and opened the little shrine for visitors.

Within a few months, more than 8,000 people came to the Shrine of the Jesus of the Tortilla, and all of them agreed that the face in the burn marks on the tortilla was the face of Jesus.

Within two years, more than 35,000 people visited the shrine,
For the next 28 years pilgrims kept coming to see the Holy Tortilla. Over time, the burn marks faded and the image was
hard to make out, but people still wanted to worship at the shrine.

Then in 2005, Maria's granddaughter took the tortilla to school for show-and-tell. Someone accidentally dropped it and it shattered.
Maria kept the shadow-box, now with only fragments of the shattered tortilla floating on the cotton clouds, but no one seemed interested any more and they finally closed the deteriorating shrine.

How does God want us to worship him because not everything
people call worship or do is accepted by God as true worship.
The Samaritan woman wanted to know if the right pl ...

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