I’d like to begin with something a little interesting. A story about a nice elderly woman. She used to sit on her porch and whenever anybody passed by -she was a very faith-filled woman- she would say,” God be praised! God be praised!” like that.
And next door, she had a nice neighbor; he was an atheist and he was passing by one day and the old grandma, she said,” God be praised!, God be praised!” and the atheist said,” There’s no God, stop screaming that!”
One day he was coming on back from work, and he saw her on her porch, but she was quiet in prayer, she was talking in prayer. So in passing by, he heard her pray; and she was praying, “Heavenly Father, please give me some help! I have a party that’s coming up and I need to have enough food and good recipes for the occasion, so please bless me with that.”
The atheist heard that and he said, “You know what, I’m going to play a little joke on that woman”. He went to the grocery store, bought a whole bunch of groceries. Then the next morning, he placed them out, layed them out in front of the porch. The lady came out the next morning. She saw these miraculous groceries in front of her porch. She said, “Oh my God! May God be praised!”
At that instant the atheist jumped out from the bushes and he said, “I bought it lady. It wasn’t God. I’m the one who bought it”. She waited for just a moment and she said, “May God be praised! Not only did He buy me groceries but He made the devil pay for them too!”
Sermon: From Emotion to Action/ March 15 200