Just Knock On The Door

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In the big city there is a cozy pub that caters to the international community. On the door these words are written:

“EINGANG”

“ENTREE”

“ENTRADA”

“INGANG”

“ENTRATA”

” вход”

“입구 ”

“ENTRANCE”

Behind this door you will find a comfortable place, where people are enjoying each other’s company and there is plenty of food and drink. Every person who walks through the door has been personally invited by the host, with each invitation having been written in his or her own unique language. The host understands that it is unrealistic to expect everyone to know just one language, yet the message contained within each invitation is the same:

“Come to me, if you are weary and burdened;

I will give you rest.

Come! If you are thirsty;

Take my free gift of the water of life.

When you come to the the door…

Just knock.”

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  1. #1 by Christian on April 4, 2008 - 1:25 pm

    My wife and I have been blessed with having become friend with a Witness. Gene is pushing 90 and up until recently (he became ill) he would visit us every Saturday afternoon, where the three of us would sit and chat about God and life. At some point Gene would suddenly realize that he was supposed to be converting us and he would recite his (by this time) half hearted appeal. We found Gene’s theology to be pretty similar to what we used to believe as fundamentalists (there’s just that little thing about Jesus and Michael 🙂 ) I think all three of us learned a lot from each other.

    There is no way anyone is going to ‘argue’ someone like a Witness out of his faith and into another one. They have pretty much all of scripture memorized and they have a wealth of background information at hand. They also do a lot of good in the world. Gene joined them after having had a very bad time in the South Pacific during WWII. The pacificism of the Witnesses appealed to him very much, especially after the all the jingoism spewing forth from most American pulpits at the time.

    Without a doubt, all differences aside, I see Jesus Christ every time I meet this old fellow.

  2. #2 by b4dguy on April 4, 2008 - 2:31 pm

    My dream is to one day open a Christian Pub. I’ll have to remember this invitation if/when my dream becomes a reality.

    (Remind me to ask about your time w/Gene – my wife’s been speaking to a Witness for the last couple months, and has been frustrated about getting beyond the rhetoric.)

  3. #3 by Christian on April 4, 2008 - 2:54 pm

    We can chat about it tomorrow night. In fact our wives could talk about it – Bev gets a little frustrated with Gene as well.

  4. #4 by lovewillbringustogether on April 5, 2008 - 3:15 am

    Chris – like most places – it is only once inside you find ‘the catch’.

    While there is no ‘direct’ intimidation – if you want to you can just sit back ‘inside’ and relax for as long as you wish – and nothing will ever change…

    But if you take up your (His) cross and begin suffering – That’s when you start to get your rewards! 😉

    They do say there’s no rest for the wicked! – at least we get one day out of every seven ‘off’ for good behaviour 🙂

    love <B

  5. #5 by tam on April 5, 2008 - 1:33 pm

    Ricky, No I wasn’t arguing at all. I am not offended at all by your comment 😉

    C – do i argue??? 😀

    I understand what you all are saying here. It was a journey to get me to Him…and on that journey some things worked and some didn’t at the time – but they all led me to Him eventually.

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