Bob and Marcia's Cheap Date
Honey. are you going to turn on the news?
(mocking) Honey. are you going to turn on the news? Yes, Marcia I was
looking for the remote control. Oh.. where? Oh--here it is.
Good, I want to see the weather.
Who had this channel on?
Let’s look here in the book of Revelation. Jesus says he would rather see us
hot or cold. If a person is on fire and livin’ for God, he’s excited,
enthusiastic and doin’ whatever he can do for the kingdom of God. On the other
hand, if a person is cold, he is indifferent and doesn’t care. The worst state
to be in, though, is lukewarm—
That’s enough outta you—
(turns the channel)
A truck carrying several tons of ice crashed on the main highway this morning,
spilling bags of ice everywhere. Unfortunately most of the ice melted in the
current heat wave. Miraculously the driver made it through the ordeal with only
minor injuries. Speaking of heat and ice, what’s in store for the weather? Are
we going to get a break from the heat?
I’m glad the driver is okay.
Let’s look at some weather basics--
Yeah, yeah, yeah. Show me the weather already.
When an extremely warm air mass collides with an extremely cold one, severe
weather can develop. Tornadoes—even hurricanes—can result from the extreme
Sounds like you and me, hey Marsh? Which one is cold… probably me, hey?
Now hush. I just want to know if it’s gonna rain tomorrow.
What’s goin’ on tomorrow?
Our church picnic—remember?
Oh no… I forgot. I was gonna play golf first thing in the morn—
And right around sunrise and for most of the morning, we predicting that’s when
most of the severe weather will be coming through. Remember, when we issue a
Severe Storm Warning, stay away from all windows, and move toward the center of
the house, preferably in the basement--
Looks like it’ll be too dangerous to golf.
I s’pose you’re right.
After the storms pass, it looks like the sun will come back out and the rest of
the day looks nice, with cooler temperatures--
God knows! Our picnic is in the afternoon.
If only I could bottle all that hot air comin’ outta you… I’d be rich.
Bob, you’re always sayin’ that. What if I said somethin’ back to you, like “If
I could bottle all that cold air comin’ outta you, we wouldn’t need air
Well, maybe I would.
You wouldn’t. I just know you… and how much you love Jesus. You would never
disrespect me like that—
Pullin’ the Jesus card now, hey?
Now, Marsh, you’re startin’ to get hot around the collar—
No, I’m just sick of it. Sick of you. You always
mock me. You never tell me you love me. You never take me out
for a date or go to church any more. You know how important God is in my life!
If you only knew how urgent the hour is, and how close we were to the end--
Oh-oh, what’s happenin’?
(clutches her left upper arm with her right hand, and
passes out, falling to the floor)
(pulls out cell phone from his pocket and dials---)
9, 1, 1-- Hello? I have an emergency here!
My wife just passed out on the floor, clutching her arm.
2777 Willowfield Rd. Please hurry!
(clicks the phone OFF)
Dear Lord, please help…please… I don’t know what I would do without my
(singing softly from a hospital bed)
Precious memories, how they linger… How they ever flood my soul--
Why are you singin’ here in the hospital?
Oh, I’m just rememberin’ when we used to go to church together all the time. I
dreamt about it when I was passed out.
I just thank God you made it through.
(starts wiping tears away)
I got scared, real scared…
(lightning light flashes, then we hear thunder)
Wha—what time is it? (sits up a little straighter)
It’s early in the mornin’. The storms are passin’ through right now.
I’m feelin’ much better—praise the Lord!
Yes, thank God.
Hey, let’s go to the picnic today.
Sounds like a date.
A cheap one! (laughs)
Revelation 3:14-22 (New Living Translation)
The Message to the Church in Laodicea
“Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message
from the one who is the Amen—the faithful and true witness, the beginning of
God’s new creation:
“I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish that
you were one or the other!
But since you are like lukewarm water, neither hot nor cold, I will spit you out
of my mouth!
You say, ‘I am rich. I have everything I want. I don’t need a thing!’ And you
don’t realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked.
So I advise you to buy gold from me—gold that has been purified by fire. Then
you will be rich. Also buy white garments from me so you will not be shamed by
your nakedness, and ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see.
I correct and discipline everyone I love. So be diligent and turn from your
“Look! I stand at the door and knock. If you hear my voice and open the door, I
will come in, and we will share a meal together as friends.
Those who are victorious will sit with me on my throne, just as I was victorious
and sat with my Father on his throne.
“Anyone with ears to hear must listen to the Spirit and understand what he is
saying to the churches.”
--bro. tim pickl
Monday April 13, 2009 A.D.
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