A new Pastor in a small Oklahoma town spent the first four days making
personal visits to each of the members, inviting them to come to his first
The following Sunday the church was all but empty. Accordingly, the Pastor
placed a notice in the local newspapers, stating that, because the church
was dead, it was everyone's duty to give it a decent Christian
funeral would be held the following Sunday afternoon, the notice said.
Morbidly curious, a large crowd turned out for the "funeral." In front of
the pulpit, they saw a closed coffin, smothered in flowers. After the
Pastor delivered the eulogy, he opened the coffin and invited his
congregation to come forward and pay their final respects to their dead
Filled with curiosity as to what would represent the corpse of a "dead
church," all the people eagerly lined up to look in the coffin. Each
mourner" peeped into the coffin then quickly turned away with a guilty,
In the coffin, tilted at the correct angle, was a large mirror.
The question my friend is simple, what will your
excuse be to God? We all will stand judgment . . .
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