Pastor Jack has been a man of the cloth his entire life. Blessed by good fortune and spoiled by an easy life, his faith becomes derailed when things suddendly go from bad to worse in his life. Poor health, business debts and family problems all just seemed to wrap themselves around him at the... read more (warning: may contain spoilers)
Pastor Jack has been a man of the cloth his entire life. Blessed by good fortune and spoiled by an easy life, his faith becomes derailed when things suddendly go from bad to worse in his life. Poor health, business debts and family problems all just seemed to wrap themselves around him at the same time, and Pastor Jack was prepared for the worse years of his life as he lost his beautiful California home and had no other choice than to move to Burbank and live on the streets until his troubles somehow subsided.
But Jesus saw Pastor Jacks confusion and decieded to spend some time in Burbank with him! It all started his first night of sleeping on the bleachers when Jesus showed up in the middle of the night and just sat and visited with a very suspicious Pastor Jack. He did not know it then, but he was about to have fifteen of the happiest years of his life!
Pastor Jack soon befriended several homeless people as he continued to do God's work and helped them any way he could. Jack called the homeless people; Homies, a name which seemed to make them all smile, so the nickname stuck. After several months of Jesus just hanging out with him at the park, Pastor Jack was suddendly suprised when he began to teach him biblical things. The problem was, Pastor Jack had been reading the bible his whole life, yet he simply could not believe the things that Jesus showed him in the bible. He repeatedly amazed Pastor Jack, who sometimes tried to teach these truths to the other Homies, but because his faith was weak regarding these new biblical secrets, he often fell short.
But as his health returned, his knowledge of the truth in the bible grew and his understanding of a bigger picture of life came into focus for him. He soon met a wonderful woman and decieded to re-marry and move forward with his life. But he had one monumental lapse in judgement; he grew weary of losing arguments about spiritual things to Jesus, and totally fed up with feeling like a dummy, he decided to stop meeting with him for bible studies.
Life is never simple, and Pastor Jacks need for money soon lead him astray, and then the unthinkable happened. (I could tell you what happened, but ....)
As an author, I had a specific goal in mind when I began to write this book. I finished writting it in July of 2011. I decieded then I had to send it out to some test readers; so I picked out thirty people of varying degrees of faith and I sent them copies. This book is 446 pages long, so I had to wait quietly for nearly a month before the reports started coming back in. They were music to my ears. All thirty test readers said they felt closer to Jesus, and felt they understood God better, and also they all were now certain they were children of the living God. May it do the same for you.
““Romans Chapter 9; verse 13 clearly says; As it is written, (God said) Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated. My friend was holding the black book in one hand, while his other hand was pointing directly at me.“THAT’S not in my bible!” I was ready, willing and more than able to argue this point with him. “Isn’t this in your bible?” He spoke slowly and calmly.“No, I mean,… (looking) yes, I guess it is, but, God did not hate him.”“Well let’s take a look in mine, this is in the bible in four different places, what do you think it all means?” I wasn’t sure, but, I knew God did not hate Esau. Or if he did, there had to be a just reason for it! I peeked in his bible, and there it was in black and white!“But Esau have I hated.”“What did Esau do to make God hate him?” I asked him.“Well, let’s see, it says here; … and the child, having done neither good nor evil, was hated by God! …. Hmm, it seems God just choose to hate him!“Well, let me explain something to you, my friend,” I was quite sure he must be wrong, surely I could sort this all out. “This is in the bible, but, it appears to be a misnomer!” “A mis WHAT?” Jesus was honestly surprised at my remark.“A misnomer; you know a mistake of sorts!”“Oh, like a misprint? You mean this is in the bible four times, in four different places; The Books of Genesis, Malachi, and Romans are all in err? But we are not to worry, because it is just a misprint!” He looked at me and looked a bit miffed, I realized I was making him mad, but I still felt sure this scripture must be incorrect. He was getting a little loud now, and I didn’t want to anger him, but I could not accept this bible verse. “I didn’t use the word misprint, I said misnomer!” I explained, trying to calm him down.“And you feel that way, because . . . why, you don’t agree with it? Oh, I see, you don’t agree with God, so now he is wrong, and his word, well, it MUST be a misprint!” He was getting madder by the minute.“A misnomer, look, we all know God loves everyone, God is love and cannot hate!” I was out on a limb here, but I thought that was biblical. Besides, I had felt God’s love twice face to face, twice; God was the complete opposite of hate.“You’d better show me where it says that!” Jesus said very matter of factly. He closed the bible he was holding and pushed it towards me. I thumbed through the black book, glancing at verses I thought might back me up. I found nothing to verify that God loved everyone. But, I was certain a nun had taught me that, when I was about five years old. Finally, I handed it back to him, slowly shaking my head, he said, “Just because you don’t agree with it that does not mean it is a misprint! The bible is not here for you to make changes to so it says what you think it should say; the bible is God’s words, as if written in stone; remember this, you’re not here to change the bible, the bible is here to change you!” He was yelling at me by the time he finished.“I didn’t really mean it was a misprint; what I meant was, perhaps it is the way the words translated that caused an alternate meaning.” I backed off.“That’s it? That is what you’re going to hang your hat on? Pastor Jack, you of all people already know this book was interpreted by scholars, and I assure you, if the word love means love in this book; the word hate means hate in this book! If they can’t interpret the four letter words correctly, the whole book has no meaning, than the whole religion is void.”“Ya, well, maybe there is some other explanation?” I was losing this argument. Then I continued, “So, what you are saying is WHAT? God hated me before I was born? Is that even a real possibility? Like he hated Esau, he hates me? Is it not for me to decide my own destiny?” I looked him dead in his eyes, the same way he looked right through me sometimes!“There is one important difference between the time you live in and the time Esau lived in.”“What difference, God is always God.”“Yes, he is, and . . . he always keeps his word. Esau lived in the time of the chosen. You may not realize it but in those days, people were born one of two ways, either they were born; loved by God as part of his chosen Hebrew Nation, or they were born unloved, sometimes even hated by God. That was the covenant then.”Jesus and Pastor Jack
Introduction: Christian Beliefs
Part One . . . The Homies
Chapter One: The Homie’s BBQ (1)
Chapter Two: The Miracle
Chapter Three: Big Mike
Chapter Four: Angry Clint
Chapter Five: Little Joan
Chapter Six: Daryl and Missy
Chapter Seven: Pastor Jack
Chapter Eight: Jesus
Part Two . . . The Streets
Chapter Nine: The Homie’s BBQ (2)
Chapter Ten: A Blanket and a Billow
Chapter Eleven: Moonlight Visitor
Chapter Twelve: Not Just Your Friend
Chapter Thirteen: The Light of Day
Chapter Fourteen: My First Day with Jesus
Chapter Fifteen: Street Life
Chapter Sixteen: The Bus Ride
Chapter Seventeen: Pastor Jack’s New Church
Part Three . . . The University of Jesus
Chapter Eighteen: The Homie’s BBQ (3)
Chapter Nineteen: Thee Almighty Question
Chapter Twenty: The Truth Hurts
Chapter Twenty One: In the Beginning
Chapter Twenty Two: The Last Chance Church
Chapter Twenty Three: Challenging God
Part Four . . . Money, Money, Money
Chapter Twenty Four: Crazy Tommy Huggs
Chapter Twenty Five: How Could I
Chapter Twenty Six: Click, Click, Clack
Chapter Twenty Seven: Once Upon a Time
Chapter Twenty Eight: The Homie’s BBQ (4)
Chapter Twenty Nine: Jesus Has Your Number
Chapter Thirty: Not Misnomers
This book is sprinkled with the bad habits that sometimes accompy homeless people. But the Book is about God and Jesus and faith. I feel most young adults will be better off if they do read it, in spite of a few questionable paragraphs.
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