The Narrow Door

Tzeltal Pastors and Leaders

READ : Matthew 7:7-20 I was still three hours’ walk from home and everything was going wrong. The full moon was now hidden by black clouds, and I had no flashlight. The cold drizzle was chilling me to the bone, and was making the steep, rocky trail dangerously slippery. As I felt my way along, my heavy pack became heavier as exhaustion set in. Finally I reached the house of a friend. Perhaps he would let me stay in his …

From The Garbage Pile

Tzeltal Pastors and Leaders

READ : Isaiah 1:15-20 On the outskirts of every town are places where the people dump their garbage: tin cans, bottles, broken tools, old cardboard boxes, all kinds of junk. The other day as a friend and I were leaving town he saw an unbroken bottle on the pile. He picked it up and looked at it. It was filthy dirty; the owner had obviously lost hope of ever getting it clean enough to use again. It looked hopeless to …

Crooked Trees

Tzeltal Pastors and Leaders

READ : Luke 5:17-32 A man needed some lumber to build a house. So he picked up his axe and went to the woods to look for trees. When we look for trees for lumber we choose the straight, tall ones that are easy to trim into square logs. But this man was a skilled woodsman and he was not choosy. He cut trees that were crooked and twisted. If we had seen them we would have said that they …

It Is Dangerous to Crow

Tzeltal Pastors and Leaders

READ : 1 Peter 5:1-11 One day a proud rooster was crowing loudly. A fox in a nearby woods heard the rooster crow and came near him. But the rooster was alert and ready to fly into a nearby tree. So the clever fox said: “You crow in a very strange way. You don’t crow right at all. The roosters from my area all crow with their eyes closed. But you crow with your eyes open.” The rooster responded, “I …

The Pigeon And The Bee

Tzeltal Pastors and Leaders

READ : Ephesians 2:1-10 One day a bee fell into a pond. He was about to drown when a pigeon saw his plight. The pigeon quickly picked up a dry leaf and dropped it next to the bee. The bee climbed up on the leaf until its wings were dry. Then it flew safely away. The bee never forgot how it had been rescued by the pigeon. Its heart was always full of gratitude, and wherever the bee traveled, it …