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The story is told of a Middle Eastern traveler making his way on a long journey across the desert.

As he plodded on his camel steadily through the dry heat, he came upon an oasis.  Approaching the desert spring, the traveler was surprised to find three brothers weeping profusely.

Through conversation with the mourning brothers, the traveler discovered their father had recently passed away.  The source of the tears was the brother’s inability to satisfy their fathers’ last wish.

The father had given strict instructions that the inheritance of his estate be divided in such a way that the oldest received one half, the second received one third, and the youngest received one ninth of the father’s estate.

The brothers had successfully divided the rest of their father’s property, but were unable to do so with the camels.  The father had left them 17 camels, and, try as they may, the brothers could not distribute the camels according to father’s wishes.

The traveler considered the dilemma and then offered the brothers a solution.  He insisted they receive his camel as a gift.  After much conversation and many attempts at refusal, the brothers relented to the travelers’ demands and received the kindness of his gift.

With 18 camels, the brothers were able to properly divide the inheritance and satisfy their father’s wishes.  The older brother received one half of the herd and took his 9 camels.  The second brother received one third of the herd and took his 6 camels.  The youngest brother received one ninth of the herd and took his 2 camels.

Surprisingly, 9 camels plus 6 camels plus 2 camels equals 17 camels.  With the inheritance properly distributed, the traveler was able to take his camel and continue on his journey.

What solution do you have to offer to the desperate situations around you?  What comfort or resolution can your wisdom and generosity bring to those God brings into your path?  Are you riding on the 18th camel?

(Special thanks to my dear friend Loren Bryant for introducing me to “The Story of the 18th Camel.”)

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Every person has a story.

Every story has potential for a happy ending.

Every story has a villain.

Every villain is creating conflict.

Every story has a Hero.

Your life is an amazing story.

Your story is continuing to unfold.

Your story is not over.

Your story is interwoven with the stories of others.

You are not the author of your story or of theirs.

You can play a part — but you cannot write another’s story.

Live your story.

Love other’s stories.

Let God write something amazing.

Podcast

The Speck of Sawdust,” Pastor Eric’s message from May 16, is now available online.  Click to listen.

Links

Emmanuel Fellowship has a great blogging community.  Follow these links to find out what our friends have been posting lately.

On the Radar

Family Fun Night is scheduled for Wednesday, June 9, 7 pm.  You are invited to join us for this entertaining evening of softball, homemade ice cream, and fellowship in the park.

We have 135 Question Jesus Asked posted on the blog.  Leave a response and let us know which question most captures your heart.

Family Connection

Parents, be sure to check out the Worldchangers website.  We align our Bible curriculum from the nursery all the way up to our youth.  Access the Family Connection page on the website to bring your children’s Bible lesson home to the kitchen table. 

We also have all the info you need about RAMP, our ministry to youth in Sweetwater High School and Middle School and surrounding campuses, as well, at www.efcyouth.com.

You Heard it at EFC

Been trying to remember one of those awesome songs we sang?  Here is our worship list from yesterday, for those of you who just absolutely need a copy for yourself.  You can usually find them for purchase on itunes.com.

  1. “Friend of God”
  2. “Everlasting God” Chris Tomlin version
  3. “Freedom Reigns” by Jason Upton
  4. “I Surrender” by Kim Walker

Sunday Preview

Sunday, May 23, we will be continuing our new and sermon series.  You are invited to come and explore with us the “Questions Jesus Asked.”

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