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Today weíre going to move on to the question of "who" and I have to tell you...there are several different ways that we can take this question. We could ask the question of "Who will be in Heaven"...which leads to the question of "What are the requirements." Thatís how it works in an investigation...often the "who" questions lead into the "whatís" and "whys." So, if we took our investigation in that direction we would be looking at the "requirements" for entrance...who will be there and what did they have to do to get to either place? You know, maybe one of the requirements is to be able to spell...listen to this:
Three people from different parts of the country passed away at the same time. All were met at the gates by St. Peter. The first was an architect from California. Peter said, "Youíve built beautiful buildings and served men on earth, but before you come in you have to pass one small test, spell God". "G-O-D," replied the architect and St. Peter waved him through.
The second person to approach was a rancher from Texas. Peter looked at him and said, "Youíve served man upon the earth by providing food through the cattle youíve raised but before you come in thereís just one small test, spell GOD". "G-O-D", said the rancher and Peter waved him through.
The third person was an attractive businesswoman from New York. Peter said, "Youíve served the world of commerce, but before you come in youíll have to pass one small test." At this the woman interrupted, "Oh come on now Saint," said the woman, "Iíve had to fight for every promotion Iíve ever gotten. Iíve had to take lower pay for the same job as a male colleague, and Iíve been continually harassed by bosses and peers for one reason, my gender. And now here I am and youíre giving me a hard time too; what kind of test? Letís get it over with."
Peter thought for a moment and said, "Spell Czechoslovakia"
So, if you arenít able to spell....maybe you wonít make the cut...or maybe there are other criteria. But, for what it is worth...weíre not going to go that specific direction this morning and there are two reasons that weíre not going down that path. First, the question we are going to answer will answer that question in a roundabout way...weíre going to touch on the answer without going to far into it. So, in a way, we are going to kill two birds with one stone. The second reason is that we have already semi-covered it in our series on the parables. Remember the parable of the banquet....who did we say that God was looking for...who did we say would be at that banquet? Misfits...thatís what we decided...those who are down-trodden, who arenít "religious", who are not relying
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