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Sermon for May 25, 2014

Did You Really Mean Anything?
John 14:1-11

A number of years ago, the Associated Press ran a story about prayer. Unanswered prayer, really. People walking the Jersey Shore beaches began finding unopened letters bobbing in the surf. About 300 letters in all were sent to a New Jersey minister and ended up dumped in the ocean, most of them unopened. The minister had since died. Some of the letters dated back to 1973. According to several of the letters, they were intended to be placed on a church's altar and prayed over by the minister and the congregation.

These letters represented hundreds of lives with lots of struggle washed up on the beach. Half of the letters were too damaged to be legible. A few could still be read. For instance, there was one that said, “I'm still praying to hit the lottery twice: first the $50,000," one man wrote. "Then after some changes have taken place let me hit the millionaire." Another letter told on someone cheating on his wife, comp…