He wasn’t your usual preacher. This man had taken a vow at the beginning of his life, to serve God.  He would separate himself from society – not indulge in things of the world – live alone as a hermit for many years as he prepared for his ministry.  During that time, he never cut his hair.  He ate what was available to him in the desert – mostly bugs and the fruit of the honey bee and his clothing would be made out of animal skins.

How would you receive a man like this if he came to your church today?  He’s dressed in rough, leather clothing.  His hair is long and matted.  His countenance weathered and lined.  His skin darkened by the sun.  It was obvious he hasn’t bathed in some time.  He’s boisterous – condemning – accusing and his words pierce the heart.  Would you welcome him with…

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