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A PREZ RELEASE from AGTS Monthly commentary from the President of the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary April 2001 GOT TRANSCENDENCE Sometimes small children have insights beyond their years I recently read about some 8 yearolds that were giving their explanation of God One child offered the following observations Jesus is God s Son He used to do all the hard work like walking on water and performing miracles and trying to teach the people who didn t want to learn about God They finally got tired of Him preaching to them and they crucified Him But He was good and kind like His Father and He told His Father they didn t know what they were doing and to forgive them and God said O K His Dad God appreciated all His hard work on earth so now He could stay in heaven Now Jesus helps His Dad out by listening to prayers and seeing things which are important for God to take care of and which ones He can take care of Himself without having to bother God Now you can pray anytime you want and they re sure to help you because they got it worked out so one of them is on duty all the time This young child had a simple assumption God s out there and in charge of what happens here on earth Yet a problem occurs someplace along our life s experience we can lose the sense of God s being in charge the sense of what we grown ups call transcendence I m not a big fan of National Public Radio but I do listen regularly to the Prairie Home Companion The creator of this wonderful excursion into Midwest small town life is Garrison Keillor He has a knack of capturing my childhood remembrances of small town life in North Dakota as he tells stories of the fictitious though very real Lake Wobegon Keillor is not just a country bumpkin he is a brilliant storyteller He has a knack for capturing essential realities in word pictures Keillor recently noted that if you can t go to church and for at least for a moment be given transcendence if you can t go to church and briefly move from this life to

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