Delivered By
Pastor Mike Sanchez
Delivered On
March 17, 2019 at 10:30 AM
Central Passage
Acts 1:6-11
Acts of the Holy Spirit, the Unfinished Work of Jesus

From Pastor Mike's Good Morning Message in the bulletin:

Overlooking the airstrip of a WWII atrocity today is an institute for peace and understanding founded by a Greek man named Alexander Papaderous. Papaderous was just six years old when the war started. His home village was destroyed and he was imprisoned in a concentration camp. When the war ended, he became convinced his people needed to let go of the hatred the war had unleashed. To help the process, he founded his institute at this place that embodied the horrors and hatreds unleashed by the war.

One day, while taking questions at the end of a lecture, Papaderous was asked, “What’s the meaning of life?” There was nervous laughter in the room. It was such a weighty question. But Papaderous answered it.

He opened his wallet, took out a small, round mirror and held it up for everyone to see. During the war he was just a small boy when he came across a motorcycle wreck. The motorcycle had belonged to German soldiers. Alexander saw pieces of broken mirrors from the motorcycle lying on the ground. He tried to put them together but couldn’t, so he took the largest piece and scratched it against a stone until its edges were smooth and it was round. He used it as a toy, fascinated by the way he could use it to shine light into holes and crevices. That’s our mission today. We are to shine the light of Jesus into the dark holes and crevices of broken lives. Won’t you help?

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