Living The Magnificent Story

    Oct 19, 2021 | by Tom Harrison

    Twenty-nine of us just returned from a wonderful trip to the Holy Land. We were treated like heroes in many places in Israel because we were the first tour group many hotels, restaurants and stores had seen since COVID-19. In a few places, we heard people chant, “USA! USA! USA!” when they saw our nametags and realized “the tourists are back.” The economic impact on Israel over these 18 months has been devastating. There were no other tourists around. It was amazing.

    Some of us spoke to four Americans on the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem. I overheard one of them say “Kentucky” and “Asbury.” They were pilots for American Airlines who had a day off to tour Jerusalem. Brian, one of the pilots, said he became interested in biblical archeology because of an Asbury Theological Seminary professor. I said, “That must be Dr. Ben Witherington.” It was. I told Brian to watch us online this Sunday because Dr. Witherington will preach at Asbury. It’s a small world after all.

    Dr. Witherington’s message comes from Paul’s encouragement to Christians who were suffering persecution. Our text is 2 Corinthians 4:1-18. Dr. Witherington is an outstanding communicator, author, and professor. He’s written numerous books and articles. This is a rare opportunity for us. Those interested in the book of Revelation may want to attend his seminar on Saturday, too (9 am to noon). It is free and open to the public. Register at:

    Our readings this week are tied to chapter 9 of the book and “Living the Magnificent Story” that John Vick described so well in his sermon this past Sunday. It’s good to review the last chapter in “The Magnificent Story” and apply its concepts to our lives. 

    Monday: Acts 2:42-47
    Tuesday: Acts 18:24-28
    Wednesday: 1 Corinthians 1:26-31
    Thursday: Galatians 3:23-29
    Friday: Ephesians 1:3-10
    Saturday: Ephesians 2:11-23
    Sunday: 2 Corinthians 4:1-18 

    See you Sunday,

    Tom Harrison
    Senior Pastor

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