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The Back Way 
Wednesday, July 11, 2007, 12:37 PM - Extra Christy, Radio
Years before in car GPS systems and Internet map routes, my older brother Ric was a master of the turns and twists of greater Akron. He would drive me off the beaten path into strange neighborhoods and he would ask me, "Do you know where you are...now?" "No," was my answer again and again, until, suddenly; we were at our destination.

Sometimes I could retrace the back way he took; usually not until after one or two attempts. I wondered how many tries it took him to find the connecting streets through town that enable him to pop up like a rabbit miles from where he started, but only a few yards from our target.

In our new members Inquirer's class, we have people who have been in the church all their life, some that haven't come since they were children years ago, and some who never had any contact with the church! Yet here they all are, together at one church, which, by God's grace, is part of all of their spiritual journeys.

I think of the varied and unusual routes my brother took when there were perfectly good and straight streets with names like "Market" and "Main" available for him to use for his journey. Yet he ended up at the same place those big, broad, commonly used streets would have taken him.

I like to think there are many paths to heaven and salvation; not just the standard ones most people choose. I hope that the church will always be a place where folks on many different routes can get an answer to where they are and help on their own way.

Together From All Over
Many religious Jews from every country in the world were living in Jerusalem. 6And when they heard this noise, a crowd gathered. But they were surprised, because they were hearing everything in their own languages. They were excited and amazed, and said:

Don't all these who are speaking come from Galilee? Then why do we hear them speaking our very own languages? Some of us are from Parthia, Media, and Elam. Others are from Mesopotamia, Judea, Cappadocia, Pontus, Asia, Phrygia, Pamphylia, Egypt, parts of Libya near Cyrene, Rome, Crete, and Arabia. Some of us were born Jews, and others of us have chosen to be Jews. Yet we all hear them using our own languages to tell the wonderful things God has done. - Acts 2:5-11 (CEV)

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