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Garage sales are horrendous. Let's face it, all the marking, all the hauling, all the time, effort, and hassle are not fun. There is one element of a garage sale that is inevitably entertaining, however, and that is the conversations that one can have with the many people who visit and shop.
These conversations can range from the ridiculous to the evangelistic. A perfect example of this can be found in the account of our 2014 garage sale, in the article, "Garage Sale God Whispers, Twice Dead, and the Name of Jesus Ignored." Here is an excerpt:
I also met a woman who denied the authority, inerrancy, and sufficiency of Scripture by her death. Or should I say ‘deaths’?Suffice it to say that I'm a bit eager to see what stories this year's sale might bring. Don't worry, I'll be sure to share. For now, though, all I have to share—and all you have to enjoy—is your week in review (kind of):
“I’m a Christian,” she said, “I believe in God. I go to thus-and-so Baptist church.” She continued, “You know, I’ve died twice.”
Really? Say that again.
“I’ve died twice. The first time, I saw my parents who both have passed. They were reaching out to me. The second time I didn’t see anything, but it felt so peaceful. I don’t know why God sent me back because I was so peaceful.”
In my mind, I thought, “Oh, lady, you should thank the Lord that you did not die, because, in His mercy, you still have a chance to repent and be saved!” The actual conversation, though, necessitated a different approach. And the question begged to be asked:
“Did you see Jesus?”
“You said you died, so did you see Jesus?”
“Oh. No, no..."
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