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Summary: When Edward Everett Hale was Chaplain of the Senate, someone asked him, Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale? He replied, No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country. We all need to receive the Grace of God. It Is All About Grace!

For those who are not familiar with an Anglican Service; Four Scriptures are read prior to the Message. Today's readings are Exodus 16:2-15 (quickview) ; Psalm 105 (quickview) : 1-6,37-45; Philippians 1:21-30 (quickview)  and Matthew 10:1-16 (quickview) 

When Edward Everett Hale was Chaplain of the Senate, .....someone asked him,..... "Do you pray for the senators, Dr. Hale?"

He replied, ....."No, I look at the senators and I pray for the country."

We all need to receive..... the Grace of God.

It Is All .....About Grace!

A story is told about Fiorello LaGuardia, who, when he was mayor of New York City......Which was during the worst days of the Great Depression and all of World War II, .........was called by many New Yorkers ......"the Little Flower" because he was only five foot four ......and always wore .......a carnation in his lapel.

He was a colorful character who used to ride the New Your City fire trucks, ........ raid speakeasies with the police department, ...... take entire orphanages to baseball games, ...... and whenever the New York newspapers were on strike, ...... he would go on the radio ......and read the Sunday funnies .....to the kids.

One bitterly cold night in January of 1935, ......the mayor turned up at a night court ...... in an area that served the poorest ward .....in the city.

LaGuardia had dismissed the judge for the evening .......and took over the bench himself.

Within a few minutes, ......a tattered old woman was brought before him, ...... charged with stealing .......a loaf of bread.

She told LaGuardia that her daughter's husband had deserted her, .......her daughter was sick, ...... and her two grandchildren ......were starving.

But the shopkeeper, ....... from whom the bread was stolen, ....... refused to drop the charges.

"It's a real bad neighborhood, your Honor." .......The shopkeeper told the mayor.

"She's got to be punished to teach others around here ......a lesson."

LaGuardia sighed.

He turned to the woman and said, ........"I have got to punish you.

The law makes no exceptions ...... ten dollars ......or ten days in jail."

But even as he pronounced sentence, ...... the mayor was already reaching into his pocket.

He extracted a bill and tossed it into his hat saying, "Here is the ten dollar fine which I now remit; ...... and furthermore I am going to fine everyone in this courtroom fifty cents for living in a town .....where a person has to steal bread ......so that her grandchildren can eat.

Mr. Bailiff, ..... collect the fines and give them to the defendant."

The following day the New York City newspapers reported that $47.50 was turned over to a bewildered old lady ......who had stolen a loaf of bread to feed her starving grandchildren,...... fifty cents of that amount being contributed by the red-faced grocery store owner.

While some seventy petty criminals, ...... people with traffic violations, ...... and New York policemen, .....each of whom had just paid fifty cents ...... gave the mayor a standing ovation.

Here is my question. ..... Did the elderly lady in the story get what she deserved?


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Ed Wandling

commented on Sep 14, 2013

I loved this! I found your three points about what grace is particularly helpful. Thank you for sharing it. I'll be sure to credit you in my message with what I use that came from you. Thanks again!

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Sep 14, 2013

Thank- you for your kind words. May our Lord richly bless you and the people God has given you to Shepard. Blessings In Christ Jeff

John Roper

commented on Sep 25, 2013

Truly excellent. This is one of the best sermons I have ever read on the subject. Thanks so much for sharing it with us.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Sep 25, 2013

Thank-you for your very kind words. May your life be a blessing to you and to those God places in your life. Jeff

Rodney Carroll

commented on Oct 27, 2013

Amen, thanks.

Pete Peterson

commented on Sep 16, 2014

Thank you for one of the best sermons I have read on these Scriptures. Very helpful and fulfilling. Pete Peterson, September 16, 2014

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Sep 16, 2014

Pete Thank-you for your kind words. May our Lord continue to bless you.

Suziette Decker

commented on Oct 28, 2014

great sermon in the area of sexual abuse. God bless you

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Oct 28, 2014

Thank you but iit is God that portrays grace in such emotional situations. Not me. Blessings Always. Jeff

Shalea Adams

commented on May 1, 2016

Pastor, I just wanted to let you know what a blessing you have been to me over so many years...thank you for sharing your ministry as many of us try to develop and mature our gifts for the sake of the kingdom.

Shalea Adams

commented on May 1, 2016

Pastor, I just wanted to let you know what a blessing you have been to me over so many years...thank you for sharing your ministry as many of us try to develop and mature our gifts for the sake of the kingdom.

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on May 2, 2016

Thank-you so very much for your kind words and taking time to post a comment. It is such a blessing to be a part of God's kingdom. Blessed to be a blessing. Jeff

Jerry Agabison

commented on Oct 30, 2016

Indeed,it's all about grace! I see myself as not deservin this grace, yet being a recipient of it as a result of God's mercy. Thank you Pastor for inspiring me. J.Agabison

J Jeffrey Smead

commented on Oct 30, 2016

Jerry thank you for taking time to share your kind thoughts. May our Lord's grace abound in your life. Blessings Jeff

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