After suffering a string of thefts at his organic farm, Melvin Burns made an unusual offer. He offered the thief a job if he would just return the tools Burns needs to take care of his animals. Burns says burglars are targeting properties near his Moo Nay Farms in Cooks Brook, Nova Scotia, which has been robbed twice in as many months. Most recently, they stole $1,000 worth of tools, but prior to that they took $5,000 worth of animals, including six pigs and 40 chickens. He took to Facebook to offer two rewards. If anyone comes to him with a tip that leads to the recovery of his tools, he will give that person “five pounds of my best Berkshire bacon.”
But the fact that the perpetrator took food led Burns to his second proposal: If the thief turns himself (or herself) in, Burns will give him a job on the farm and teach him agricultural skills. Burns’ personal training will make that person more employable and bring him “respect.” Burns wrote; “Please, if you need money and are close to our farm, offer your labor, offer your time constructively. It can earn you money, respect and a future in the community as opposed to behind bars . . . I will offer you much for free and better things to do with your time, and that’s no bull.” (Ben Johnson, “To Recover His Stolen Tools, This Farmer Is Offering Bacon And Work,” Acton Institute Powerblog 08.10.17)
Whether Burns intended to or not, he demonstrated a powerful picture of sacrificial reconciliation. Instead of revenge, justice and/or demanding his rights; he reached out to the thief and offered forgiveness, reconciliation and hope. I don’t know Melvin Burns spiritual condition, but I do know that all who profess to be followers of Jesus, should demonstrate this kind of character.
2 Corinthians 5:17-20 (HCSB): “If anyone is in Christ, there is a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come. Now everything is from God, who reconciled us to Himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that is, in Christ, God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed the message of reconciliation to us. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ; certain that God is appealing through us, we plead on Christ’s behalf, “Be reconciled to God.” Join us Sunday @ 10:45 am, as we continue looking at the letter of Philemon: Reconciliation Through ForgivenessListen for free at:
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Monday, September 18: Today’s reading: Genesis 41

Tuesday, September 19: Today’s reading: Deuteronomy 12

Wednesday, September 20: Today’s Reading: Deuteronomy 25
Patch Club (Ages 3—4th graders) @ 6:45 pm
Challenger’s Class (5th—6th) @ 6:45 pm
Crossdirection (7th-12th) Common Cents Study @ 6:45 pm
Men’s Group: Discovering Messiah: The Gospel of Matthew @ 6:45 pm
Women’s Group: The Apostle Paul’s letter to the Galatians @ 6:45 pm
ESL Class @ 7:00 pm

Thursday, September 21: Today’s reading: Habakkuk 1

Friday, September 22: Today’s reading: Matthew 1
Plano Balloon Festival Park and Ride Mission Project

Saturday, September 23: Today’s reading: Philemon
Plano Balloon Festival Park and Ride Mission Project

Sunday, September 24: Today’s reading: Ruth 4
Sunday School @ 9:30 am to 10:30 am
Nursery Caregivers:
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Community Worship @ 10:45 am – Reconciliation: Philemon, part 3
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