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Story #1

Timmy, an orphan from a foster home, is fishing by himself on the end of a pier. Full of curiosity like most ten-year-olds, he leans over the edge to get a closer look at an insect crawling next to him and falls into the water. Unable to swim, he frantically splashes and screams, trying desperately to paddle to the pier. Just as he goes under and bobs to the surface for what would seem to be the last time a strong arm reaches down, grabs him up and sets him on the pier. He is soaked to the skin and close to tears, but without the cocky attitude that allowed him to risk hanging over the edge. His rescuer scolds him about being so careless, turns and walks off

Story #2

Timmy, an orphan from a foster home, is fishing by himself on the end of a pier. Full of curiosity like most ten-year-olds he leans over the edge to get a closer look at an insect crawling next to him and falls into the water. Unable to swim, he frantically splashes and screams, trying desperately to paddle to the pier. Just as he goes under and bobs to the surface for what would seem to be the last time a strong arm reaches down, grabs him up and sets him on the pier. He is soaked to the skin and close to tears, but without the cocky attitude that allowed him to risk hanging over the edge. Sounds like the same story, doesn't it? So what's the difference? This time the rescuer firmly, but gently pats him on the back, burping out the water he has swallowed, carries him to the showers to wash away the saltwater, and dries him off.  Then he drives him to the mall, buys him new clothes, and takes him home with him, introducing him to his father and family. They feed him a hot meal and invite him to live with them. This wonderful loving provider mentors the newly adopted boy in the family's beliefs and makes him one of his heirs. He's delighted as the boy participates in the activities of his new family. Timmy finally has a family, has a home, a father, and brothers who love him. He is secure in his new father's love.

The difference? In the first story we saw what it means to be rescued, but not loved!

It is the church's responsibility to not only rescue the lost, but love them as well. How are we doing?

For His Cause,
Tim Woodward