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Hey! Wait a Minute!

Posted by Sharon Krause on May 17, 2021 6:00:00 AM

It was five o’clock in the morning and I was half asleep and half awake. All of a sudden, the hymn “Shall We Gather at the River” by Robert Lowry came to my mind along with a humorous memory. It was announced one Sunday at my church that the congregation would sing that hymn as a recessional. I had recently heard the hymn sung in an old western movie shown on television. For some reason, I half expected some cowboys to come riding in to help us sing that song. Hey! Wait a minute! Why am I thinking about all this today at 5 a.m.? Perhaps I should write a blog post.

Well, it got me thinking about other Hey! Wait a minute! happenings that we read about in the gospels. Allow me to elaborate.

Hey! Wait a minute! In Matthew, Chapter 5:38-42, Jesus tells us to offer our other cheek if someone strikes us on our right cheek! And if anyone takes our coat, offer him our cloak as well! We are supposed to go two miles if we are asked to go one mile? What? How selfless should we be?

Hey! Wait a minute! In Matthew 18, we are told to forgive another who has sinned against us not only seven times, but seventy-seven times! Just how generous are we supposed to be?

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Topics: RENEW International, Sharon Krause, gospel challenges

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