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The Stranger At The Diner

  • Elijah said to her, Don't be afraid; go and do as you have said; but make me of it a little cake first, and bring it forth to me, and afterward make for you and for your son. For thus says Yahweh, the God of Israel, The jar of meal shall not empty, neither shall the jar of oil fail, until the day that Yahweh sends rain on the earth. She went and did according to the saying of Elijah: and she, and he, and her house, ate many days. 1 Kings 17:12 WEB

    Once when a pastor / mentor of mine made his regular trip to the local diner to get food for his family, there was a strange man outside the diner dressed in ragged clothes. Now this was years ago in a small town in the country where everyone knew everyone else, called Loris, South Carolina. Seeing strangers then was a rare sight. Pastor had never seen the man before, but when he got out of his car, the man asked him for money to buy something to eat with.

    The pastor looked in his wallet and saw that he only had a twenty dollar bill, just enough to buy the usual food for the family. As he started to close his wallet, he felt the Holy Spirit say: 'You have your checkbook with you. You could buy the food with that.' So he pulled out the twenty dollars and gave it to the stranger.

    Pastor then went inside the diner to get his order and when the food was ready, he went to write them a check for it. The owner looked him over slowly and said: 'You're the one that pastors that church up there ain't ya.' He waited a minute and then said: 'There is no charge.'

    The pastor thanked him and left. The next time that he visited the diner, it was the same thing: 'No charge.' That was now over twenty-five years ago and he and his family still eat there free every week. We have eaten there ourselves, and the pastor is a dear friend of ours. The employees just wave them through the line. He does not even pull out his wallet anymore, he just thanks them and takes the bag. He never saw the stranger in the ragged clothes again.

    Hebrews 13:2 reads: 'Don't forget to show hospitality to strangers, for in doing so, some have entertained angels without knowing it.' I am not saying that this man was an angel, but apparently some people have entertained angels without knowing it. Abraham fed three strangers that came by his tent, and it turned out to be the Lord and two angels (Genesis 18:1).

    Jesus told us: 'For whoever will give you a cup of water to drink in my name, because you are Christ's, most assuredly I tell you, he will in no way lose his reward' (Mark 9:41).

    Sometimes God sets up a little test for you. The widow in the opening verses had to make Elijah some food first, who was to her just another stranger in need. Jesus said 'Give and it will be given to you.' Action is first required on our part, then there is a reward. Of course we do not have to give. That is our choice to make and if we choose not to, God will just choose someone else to receive what He wanted to give us. Just know that God may place a stranger in front of you in need, just to see what you will do.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, help me see people as You see them. Give me discernment and speak to me clearly in a way that I understand. Move on my heart and I will obey You, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray.

    Note: "if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land." (2 Chron 7:14). If you have a prayer need, we are here for you! We and the prayer team are ready to lift you up at our private prayer page: RHM Prayer Network


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Thank you Jehovah for all your blessings that you have provided and bless me and thank you for my family! Help us to see others as you see them! Amen
Nov 27
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Deng Tembreza
Deng Tembreza

Pls. add me among your friends.  Thank you

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes Lord Jesus, amen

Nov 27
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen!

Nov 27
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen

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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Amen!

Nov 27
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Bella Colliander
Bella Colliander

AMEN!

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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen!!

Nov 27
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

Amen. Very appropriate for this Thanksgiving Eve. May God Bless us all. Amen 

Nov 27
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Nov 27
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Greg Hall
Greg Hall

Amen! As we celebrate this time of year to give thanks for all that our God has blessed us with, Let us also try to be a blessing to others.

Thank You Pastor Dion for all that you have and continue to do for us. We are truly blessed by your dedication and commitment.

Nov 27
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

Please Lord  God help me to see others as You see them. Amen!

Nov 27
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Thank you Jesus for all our blessings.Thank you Pastor Dion and Sylvia and all our RHM family.We love you all.Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 27
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Father, open my eyes to Your will, Amen. Great message Pastor Dion :)

Nov 27
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!

Nov 27
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Ed Frye
Ed Frye

Amen!

Nov 27
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

God make me joyful and spirit filled. Amen 

Nov 27
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father I thank You for all Your blessings, help me to see others the way You sees them. That Your love and grace lead me to bless others as You have blessed me. In the Holy Name of Jesus I pray. Amen. Glory be to the Lord. 

Thank you Pastor and Sylvia, great message. God bless you both. 

Nov 27
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Eileen Figueroa
Eileen Figueroa

Amen!! 

I've been here I've done so and have been greatly rewarded. Thank you LORD!!! 

Nov 27
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardle

Amen and Amen and Amen!!! Thank you so much for this message, Pastor Dion!!! Happy Thanksgiving to you and your dear wife Sylvia, as I'm giving thanks to the Lord God most high for you both, may you be showered with blessings, may your cups never run empty and may the Lord meet all of your needs, in the name of Jesus, Amen!!!

Nov 27
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Amen

Nov 27