Hi Smokey,

 

I am reminded of a dialogue I had with a Forum Friend a while back:

 

My Friend, it might seem to be immaterial information to you.  But, God willing there is one soul out there, anywhere, who wants to hear the Gospel spoken in truth and from a Biblical view.   So, I will concentrate on one soul at a time.  It may mean nothing to you; but, to that one soul it could mean eternal life.

You may have heard this story before:


A young man was walking down the beach just before dawn.  In the distance he saw an old man.  As he approached the old man, he saw him picking up stranded starfish and throwing them back into the sea.

The young man gazed in wonder as the old man, again and again, threw the small starfish from the sand back into the water.  Puzzled, he asked, "Old man, why are you throwing the starfish back into the water?  Aren't you just wasting your time?"

The old man explained that the stranded starfish would die if left exposed to the morning sun.  "But there must be thousands of beached starfish all over this beach!" exclaimed the young man.  "How can you make any difference to so many?"

The old man looked down at the small starfish in his hand, and as he threw it into the safety of the ocean water, he said, "I made a difference for this one."

 

And, that is the way we Christians should view non-believers, and especially those who are beginning to seek to know more about God -- it may make a difference to that one.

 

Many folks thought that Mother Teresa was wasting her time; but, I am positive she made a difference to, not only one, but to many.   Thanks for sharing this.

 

God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,

 

Bill

Hi Smokey,

 

In my mind, Mother Teresa and Corrie ten Boom were both amazing women.  And, they were great role models for all believers.

 

Last year I attended the burial service for a close Christian Friend at Fairhaven Memorial Park in Santa Ana, California, and found that Corrie ten Boom is also buried there.  Funny, I had attended several burials there, including my pastor's mom and brother-in-law -- and did not know that she was buried there.  Last year, when my Friend, Ed, was buried -- his family made this discovery.

 

Special people such as these two ladies should be recognized by all of us.

 

God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,

 

Bill

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Smokey,

 

Mother Teresa was no friend of the poor.  She was a friend of poverty.  She relished poverty, likening it to the suffering of Jesus.  She denied care to thousands of women, mostly, choosing to pray over them in her waning faith, rather than seek medicine.  She is no saint.  She was a hypocrite.

 

She took time off from her "mission" to go to Ireland to lobby against the legalization of divorce.  She was a dogmatic zealot, even in the face of her crisis of faith.  This is especially galling.

 

She took money from every unsavory source trying to buy their ways out of purgatory to enshrine herself with at least 150 Mother Teresa convents around the world.  She played the Catholic Saint game well.

 

Look into her more deeply.  Honestly.  You'll be surprised.

 

DF

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