Feb 15, 2013

What Happens When Boys Climb Trees

Ed's Note:  What a terrific breakfast I had this morning while on a business trip here in Orlando, Fl..  I just had to stop & write it down for "you-all".  Last evening,  when  I learned Patrick Morley was giving his early morning men's breakfast bible study not far from where I was staying, I made an effort to join him for that weekly study.  

Morley has been hosting this study now for the past 27 years, every Thursday at 6:50am, and many businessmen join him on their way to work.  Patrick Morley is the author of  "Man Alive",  a book we are beginning to study in ANVIL.  As a newcomer to his "Man in the Mirror Bible Study" as it is known,  I joined him at a table for "first-timers" where he gave me copy of his popular book "Man in the Mirror".

When someone has come in contact with you 
            ...Jesus is passing by!!! (Patrick Morley)

The series name or theme of his study is "Hanging Out With Jesus", where learning is accomplished through stories of Jesus in the gospels.  Today's study was entitled "What Happens When Boys Climb Trees"  from Luke 19:1-10.  Morley is insightful and a gifted communicator!  Today's study gives me a new perspective on witnessing!  Here are  some snippets from the notes I took this morning.  Follow what Jesus does as he reaches out to Zacchaeus:

Here's the link to see the video of this event !

Luke 19: 1-10 NIV

Zacchaeus the Tax Collector
1Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. 2A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. 3He wanted to see who Jesus was, but being a short man he could not, because of the crowd. 4So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.
5When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” 6So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.
7All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’”
8But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”
9Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.”

The Scene: Jesus is passing through...
  • Zacchaeus, "sought to see Jesus", but the crowd was in the way.
  • Jesus loves to love people who others love to hate; 
  • Sometimes the crowd gets in the way.
  • Sometimes you have to do things different to reach your goals; (Zacchaeus was willing to go out on a limb to see Jesus!)
  • Jesus invited Zacchaeus to come down & then invited himself to his house! ("The INTERMEDIATE Step") ...but People who saw this began to mumble & grumble.
  • Jesus announced that "this day salvation is come to this house".


(When someone has come in contact with you 
            ...Jesus is passing by!!!)

2. - DON'T BLOCK THE VIEW!   (Don't be too quick to unload the heavy stuff...the 4 spiritual laws... or a bible study on Revelation in the original Greek etc., don't point out their sin to them, Let them discover Jesus.)

     (This is where YOU can be creative to introduce them to your church & other Christians & ultimately Christ!    
    .... like invite them to play baseball on your church 
team, invite them to an event, perhaps our lobster cook-off, pig-roast etc.. Our pastor often has arranged various events designed just as this "intermediate step".)


With Patrick Morley, Author of "MAN ALIVE" , Orlando, FL (Feb 2013)

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