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 His Name Is Bill

[b]His Name Is Bill[/b]

His name is Bill. He has wild hair, wears a T-shirt with holes in it, jeans and no shoes. This was literally his wardrobe for his entire four years of college. He is brilliant. Kind of esoteric and very, very bright. He became a Christian while attending college.

Across the street from the campus is a well-dressed, very conservative church. They want to develop a ministry to the students, but are not sure how to go about it. One day Bill decides to go there. He walks in with no shoes, jeans, his T-shirt, and wild hair. The service has already started and so Bill starts down the aisle looking for a seat. The church is completely packed and he can't find a seat. By now people are really looking a bit uncomfortable, but no one says anything. Bill gets closer and closer and closer to the pulpit and, when he realizes there are no seats, he just squats down right on the carpet. (Although perfectly acceptable behavior at a college fellowship, trust me, this had never happened in this church before!)

By now the people are really uptight, and the tension in the air is thick. About this time, the minister realizes that from way at the back of the church, a deacon is slowly making his way toward Bill. Now the deacon is in his eighties, has silver-gray hair, and a three-piece suit. A godly man, very elegant, very dignified, very courtly. He walks with a cane and, as he starts walking toward this boy, everyone is saying to themselves that you can't blame him for what he's going to do. How can you expect a man of his age and of his background to understand some college kid on the floor?

It takes a long time for the man to walk to the front.

The church is utterly silent except for the clicking of the man's cane.

All eyes are focused on him.

You can't even hear anyone breathing.

The minister can't even preach the sermon until the deacon does what he has to do.

And now they see this elderly man drop his cane on the floor. With great difficulty he lowers himself and sits down next to Bill and worships with him so he won't be alone.

Everyone chokes up with emotion. When the minister gains control, he says, "What I'm about to preach, you will never remember. What you have just seen, you will never forget. Be careful how you live. You may be the only Bible some people will ever read."

LORD help me to be as accepting of others as you are of me. You accept me no matter how I am dressed or what I have done. Open my heart to accept others as quickly and fully in Love! Lord forgive my sins like I forgive other's sins against me. Help me to become more like Christ. In Jesus name I pray, Amen.

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[color=006600]Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.[/color]


 2004/5/7 8:34Profile

Joined: 2003/6/13
Posts: 49

 Re: His Name Is Bill

That just put me over the edge. God is great!!!
Thank you, Chanin. That author unknown is really good, I've read some of her other stuff...... :-D


 2004/5/7 8:58Profile

Joined: 2003/6/11
Posts: 9192
Santa Clara, CA

 Re: His Name Is Bill

Was just recanting this story to my wife recently. I first heard it here, from one of the messages. It may have been Keith Green or Jim Cymbala who told it...Whoever it was, was re-telling it and I am pretty sure they mentioned whose church it was in. I bet somebody around here knows...I remember it was from one of the first messages I heard after being lead to this storehouse of truth.

A classic story, that we may all be like Bill in spirit and the Deacon in love.

Mike Balog

 2004/5/7 9:37Profile

Joined: 2003/11/17
Posts: 56


Good stuff!


A classic story, that we may all be like Bill in spirit and the Deacon in love.

In Christ...
Chad Lough

Chad Lough

 2004/5/7 10:12Profile

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