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Heap Burning Coals

Prophetic Challenge and Rebuke in a Spirit of Love

by Annie Glen

Scriptures: No, if your enemies are hungry, feed them; if they are thirsty, give them something to drink; for by doing this you will heap Annie Glenburning coals on their heads. Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. — Romans 12:20-21

Then one of the seraphs flew to me, holding a live coal that had been taken from the altar with a pair of tongs. The seraph touched my mouth with it and said: “Now that this has touched your lips, your guilt has departed and your sin is blotted out.” — Isaiah 6: 6-7

During meeting for worship years ago, I listened to three messages. All three were talking about nature and to me, all three messages lacked spiritual substance. As I sat and grumbled about the lack of spiritual soundness of certain members, I began to consider the theological purity of the meeting. Since I was having the problem, I decided to do the most mature thing and asked to have a chat with both the clerk of the meeting and the clerk of ministry and oversight.

As I explained my problem, the clerk of ministry and oversight asked a question: “Do you see God working in any of the three people who shared a message?”  I immediately…

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