God’s Grace with Gary 7/12/22

God’s Grace with Gary 7/12/22

July 12, 2022

Hello, this is pastor gary from first baptist church of laplata. Prior to moving to Maryland in 2020, I was an ice cream man. My family owned an ice cream truck that we started to teach our children how to run a business. Our business had a Bible verse which was Psalm 34:8, “O taste and see that the Lord is good” which was emblazoned on the truck, our T-shirts, and paperwork. The Aurora, Colorado, City Council voted in 1957 to outlaw ice cream trucks because they were deemed to be a nuisance. The current City Council overturned that 65-year old law law, and one of the council members became the first to buy ice cream from a legal ice cream truck in the city. We peddled ice cream on our truck, but we also passed out Bibles, tracts, and invited people to church. Ice cream trucks are a fun part of summer—especially when it is really hot outside. Having an ice cold treat delivered to your hot street is the ultimate convenience even though it provides only temporary relief. Jesus used similar imagery in Luke 16 with the parable of the rich man and Lazarus. The rich man went to hell, and Lazarus went to heaven. The rich man requested that “Lazarus… dip the tip of his finger in water and cool my tongue for I am tormented in this flame.” The rich man’s request for a cool treat was denied—something a ice cream man would never do.

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