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    by Tom Kelley

The Message In Simple Terms
Date Posted: July 4, 2024

Some of you may have seen the email that circulated some time back about the man who went into a McDonald's Restaurant and ordered a half dozen Chicken McNuggets only to be told that they only came in orders of six, nine or twelve. Supposedly it was a true story. Maybe it was and maybe it wasn't. If you believe it was then you are one of those who believe in the fallibility of the American worker when it comes to applying their intellect to a situation. In short, the American worker does okay until he has to think.

Personally, I fully believe that the story about the McDonald's worker is true, especially after what happened to me recently at a drive thru window at my local bank. I pulled up to the window and was waited on by a very young looking lady whom I had never seen before. She was cordial and smiled while she said, "Good morning. How may I help you?", and opened the little tray for my needs. I placed a check made out to cash for $60 and asked her to cash it. This is where it got interesting.

As she took the check from the tray I asked, "Could you let me have five ones with that?" Her response was a befuddling, "No, sir, I can't. The check is for sixty dollars." Skeptical, I looked at her and asked, "Are you sure?" She reiterated, "The check is for sixty dollars." She started the process of cashing the check and I decided it was worth one more try. "So you're telling me," I said slowly, "that you can't give me five one dollar bills with my cash?" She replied, "I'd have to break one of your twenties." "That's fine," I said. "Go ahead and break one of my twenties."

I guess my words didn't make plain sense to her. For whatever reason, she and I were not on the same wave length. We weren't quite making connection. I felt like the proverbial man seeing an ant hill about to be destroyed by a mower and he was unable to communicate with the ants to tell them to get out. I just wasn't communicating in a language with which the young lady could achieve understanding. I wonder if that is how God felt in His dealings with man?

Think about it. God talked to man directly. Then He got some men to even write down what He was saying. Still His creation didn't grasp His meaning. Finally, He decided to communicate in a different fashion. "In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth." John 1:1, 2, 14 Hopefully, now we get the message.

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Biography Information:
Tom Kelley, pastor, speaker, lived with his wife, Becky, in Georgetown, Kentucky

...He was the Minister of the Minorsville Christian Church located near Stamping Ground, KY.

...Becky and Tom have three children; John, single and in worship ministry in Nicholasville, Kentucky; Sean, married (Jennifer, elementary school teacher) with twins (Grace and Patrick, b.d. 10/31/04) and regional director of Papa John's Pizza in Central KY; Kara, married (Vince Taylor, prison guard) and working with Hospice East in Winchester, KY.

...Tom went to be with the Lord on November 13, 2009 after a lengthy battle with cancer. If you have been touched by Tom's writings please send an email to Tom's son at