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In the Berlin art gallery there is a painting by the famous artist Mengel that is only partially finished. It is supposed to be a painting of King Frederick of Germany talking to his generals. Mengel painstakingly painted the generals first around the outside of the painting. The King was left until last, leaving a bare patch in the middle of the painting with the background of generals. But Mengel died before he could finish the painting. So there is a painting full of generals but no king.

Christians sometimes spend so much time putting all the generals in place - but leave the King of Kings until last!

(From a sermon by Stephen Sheane, "What is the Church?")

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