Matt was surprised he did not hear from her except for when she arrived .he texted her before he went to bed.he did not hear back from her. He missed her.
He looked at a picture at them together. They were smiling.he had his arm around her.he stared at it. Then he put it down.he went to sleep.
She went to the room she and Jill were staying in.she heard the phone go off. She looked at it.”mat?’she asked “yea I will answer him later” Abby said.
“Abygail Elise your not going to text him back?” Jill asked.”I Will tomorrow!”Abby said.
“That’s not like you. You always text him back ” Jill remarked.” what am I doing? What was I thinking? Matt and I are night ans day different! Why do I think we can make it work? ” Abby said.
“What brought this on?” Jill asked.”something Michael said. I am intellectual. He is not. I study laten,philosophy literature.he believes that he is a fool for Christs sake. ” she said.
“Abby why are you listening to Michael? He is your archilias heel.he has always has been. your atracted to him. You have some chemistry with him. There is no denying that. “She said .
“Look I know Michael is bad news. He is full of himself.he is arogent. He is wrong for me. I do like him but I don’t want to be with him. He is right that Matt is not my intellectual equal. The I.fb don’t like interlurual pursuit. They believe it is studied unbelief. You know me I have tuned contiplating ones naval into an art form. Sola scriptora does not meen you can’t read something other then the bible. ” she said.
“How do you know that he does feels that way? Abby Your tired. Micheal is hitting you at a bad moment. Don’t make a decision now.” she told her.
The next day mat got up. “I got some people concerned that you went liberal!”his dad said. “Oh yea I did not think about it. Abby and I swapped cars. ” mat said.”I explained that you traded cars with a friend. Your fine.”he said.
“I miss her. ” he said. “We can tell. ” his mom said. “We muss her too”his sister Kathy said. Kathy and his mom had become very close with her as had his sister alesha. The whole family was found of her.
He hoped he would wake up to a text from her. He thought for sure that there would be.there was nothing. No text. He checked face book.she made some post. No mesges from her.
She went down to breakfast.she saw Michael. “Hello michael! “Abby said. “Helo ab.” he said.”do you really think mat and I are a bad match?” she asked.
“He is clearly a nice guy. I don’t doubt that. He is kind and compasionate. He is stale . he has no debt. You do have no dept. You need to be challenged stimulated. You and I clicked. We could do great things. We would make a great team. ” he said.
“Mike your wrong about me. You don’t know me. Not really. I am not just one thing. Neither is Mathew. I am not going to be with you.even if Matt and I are not together I would not be with you. You and I wshe on’t work. I know that. “She told him.
He saw her post. No messages for her for him. He wrote her a letter he never intended to deliver to her. “Ab I can’t imagine life without you. Your not quite the person I imagined. That’s ok.I like you better then what I imagined. Your special to me. I love your smile. All I have to do is to see you then I smile. I love being with you. I love talking to you.I love being with you.I miss you.love always Mattie.”
It was Sunday. He went to church.”hi Mathew ” Mrs Perkins said.”hello Mrs Perkins .” he said.”have you heard from Abigail ?”she asked.” not yet. Last I knew she was leaving around one a clock. She is going to call me before she leaves. “He said. “Will she be coming tonight?”she asked.”l am not sure . she has not said. ” mat said.
She has been coming to evening service.she was well liked by people in the church.
Finally she called.”hi ab! “He said . ” hi mat.I am leaving now. “She said.she seemed distant. “Genivive is working really good.”he said.”you named my car?”Abby asked.”I did. My car is named myrtle. “He said .”why am I not surprised? ” she asked. “You don’t like the name genivive?”She asked.”no it’s fine. I am heading out. ” she said. “Drive like I do?”he said.
“I will drive carefully . not like you.no offense but I want to get home today” she said. “Ok! Call me if you need me. I am going to worry until you get home.not because I don’t trust you but because it’s my job. ” he said.
She started to come out of it. “I will drive carefully. I won’t drive like you but I will drive less like me.” she said.”that will work. ” he said.
“Ok talk to you later. ” she said ” call if you need me. I meen it. I will be there. No matter what.” he said.
“I know. “She said.”I love you !”She said.”yea “she said.then they hung up.
He knew something was up. He did not know what.he hoped that hearing from her would eliviate his fears.that did not quite happen.
“Why did you not tell him you loved him?”Jill asked.” I don’t know . ” she said. “Abby don’t be an idiot!”Jill said. “We are the most mis matched couple ever .we don’t agree on anything. Not music politics religion literature nothing. We can’t even agree on nfl teams. If we looked at a warm sunny day we. Would not agree on that. Its like I am a Vulcan and he is a bajoren. Worf and dax were more suitable as a couple then us” Abby said.
“Are you done with your low self esteam group season?”Jill asked.”maybe. You made fun of me for even thinking about being with hiM!she said.
“I will continue to. Mostly I enjoy teasing you. Abby this has nothing to do with rather or not he intellectually stimulates you. It doesn really have anything to do with Matt . it’s about you and God and the church . your too conservative for ucc but too liberal for his church. If you never met Matt this issue would come to a head. Do you want to deal with it with or without Matt. Will it be with the enterprise or under the ocean with Luis.”Jill said.
“That was Abby?” Kathy asked.”she is heading home !”he said. “Is everything ok?”his mom asked.”I am not sure!”he said.
When she got home she dropped Jill off. She drove to mats. He sw her .he went outside to see her.
“Hi reverend Abby welcome back. ” he said. “Pastor Campbell! ‘Murtle’ has a full tank of gas!” Abby said “you didn not have to. Genivive has a full tank of gas.”he said “I already knew that.” she said.
Usually she hugged hiM but not this time. “Abby what’s up?” he said. “I need some time to think . ” she said.” your having seconds thoughts?” he asked.
“Well I’m worried that we are too different. You are take things on faith. Your the foolishness of preaching sola scriptora,I’m intellectual. We are different. We see the world differently.Mayby we can’t co exist happily. ” she said .
“Are we that different ? Do we see the world that differently? “He asked. “I am an intellectual your more practical. Your version of aligory of the cave is a hunting story “she said. “From Plato. I know the aligory of the cave. I do occasionally read something other then Winnie the poo!” he said.she laughed.
“There that smile I know and love. Your not from the mirror universe after all. ” he said. ” I did not think you would quote star trek. ” she said “look ab no I am not intellectual . I am not wired that way. I do believe some people use philosophy to talk themselves out of the scriptures. I do believe scripture trumps all. In scripture vrs man’s wisdom, scripture must win. We just believe God above man. I am not against wisdom ,I am not against science or philosophy. You really think that I will boor you.” he asked.
“No. I had this dream of marying a ucc ministerial students . we would pastor near by churches compare notes. That was my dream. I gues your dream is to Mary an independent fundamental Baptist girl who wants to be a house wife with tons of kids. ” she said
“What do you want ab? What is it you want?” he asked.”I don’t know.my world has been turned upside down. My denomination does not quite suit me. I stil want to be a minister. Yes you are I really are not that different. Our beliefs are closer then we thought. I want to get married I want kids. ” she said.
“I considered walking away. I kinda did. I could not walk away. You would not let me. You and I we have been though things that should have doomed our relationship. We are night and different aby . we are nothing alike . if we were any different we were be total opposites. We think differently act differently. We are nothing alike. We have almost nothing in common. I thought about this. If I could change you I would not do. U would not change you one bit. I have never been afraid to be challenged. Abby I am going to Mary you some day. Is it going to be hard yea. Is it going to be impossible at times maybe. “He said
“You really would not change me ?” she said. “No your strong Wiled but not force full. You have strong opinion but never opinionated. I want a partner an eaqul. ” he said.
He hugged her. They stayed in each others arms for a prolonged times . ” we can take a break on one condition . if you promise to come back to me. ” he said. ” I don’t know how to figure out this out. ” she said.
” I got to get to church. Your coming?”.he said. ” fine!” she said. S he was not dressed for his church. Everyone was thrilled to see her.
After church he walked her to her car ” I was not going to give you this. It was a note I wrote. I want you to read it. ” he gave it to her. She opened it. ” you mean it?” she asked. “Yes. “He said. He walked her to car. He knew that she would back.
To be continued.
” like I have said,I am not trying to change your views. I don’t want to unduly influence you. I want you to be right with the Lord. Thsts what I want. For me the word is a blesing from the Lord. I rejoice over it. It energizes me. I am surprised by your reluctence but I accept it. I wish you would dive right in. I do understand . it’s hard I admit that. “She told him.
“I wish we had met spontaneously. I wish that it had not been because of the word. I am not trying to be stubborn or ideological. I have concerns about this. I cannot get pass them. “He said.
“I do get where your going from dere I do. It hard for me to understand why your holding back.I do get it but it’s hard. I am in a different place then you are. I get it. I feel like your holding back. If you hold back I have to hold back and I don’t want to hold back. I understand we have to hold back a little thus early in this relationship but we have both had to overcompinsate and that’s sad” she said.
“Look I always believed that my future wife would be independent fundamental Baptist. I can entertain the possibility that my spouse might not be I.f.b. I can even accept that my future spouse could be from a Pentecostal church. The problem is the word.that is my issue. We would not be hear we’re it not for the word. Nothing would have occurred until after that word.” he answered.
“I know that. I think I understand your view. I even respect your perspective and I honestly do. I see you and I see everything coming into view. Everything is making sense. I see our future together and it excites me. I can’t wait! We will minister together have kids grand kids. It will be cool. “She said.
He did not alow himself to go there. He did not imagine that. He would not go there.
“I am sory. I can’t see that it could be God’s Will. I feel I have to hold back . I am stil searching.stil trying to figure it out!” he said.
“What if you knew it was God’s will? Would you be happy with it?”she asked. “Yes I would be!”he answered . ” you must not think that it is not God’s will.if you did you would not even keep the door oppen. ” she said.
“I am not convinced it is against God’s will at this point.I don’t feel I should run away from you. ” he told her.
“That’s good. I am glad to hear that. Why don’t you feel like diving in ?”she asked. “I just don’t yet feel at liberty to do so. “He said.
“What are you waiting for. What do you need to change your mind?” she asked.”I don’t know yet. ” he said.
“I see. I can be patcient. I just hope it will be sooner then later. I am both that patcient. “She said. “I will keep that in mind. ” he told her.
She hoped that he would jump right in. She hoped that he would embrace. It. It had not happened yet.
She decided that the conversation was not going any where right now.she decided that maybe her inclination towards backing off for a bit was the right one. Mayby she should have stayed away a little longer.
“Well I should probably get going I sapose. “She said. “Ok I will walk you to the car.” ” he walk.they walked to car. They did not engage in any physical contact yet.
“I will see you around !” she said.”if course. ” he said. They said there good nights. He watched her drive off.
If he did not feel confused before ,he certainly did now. He came to the conclusion that if he asked her to leave her life ,she would . was that really want he wanted? He did not know. He should get an answer soon. He owed that to her. It was not fair to string her along.he did not want to do that .
He went to work in the morning. He had class at two in the afternoon. He left fairly early that morning.
His mom was holding the baby.the younger boys were playing near her on the floor. The phone went off. “Hello!” Anna Carlson said.”hi Mrs Carlson it’s Katie.”she said. “Hi Katie please call me Anna. ” she said.”ok! I have a little but before class. Can I come over for a bit?”Katie asked. “Sure? Come on over. ” she said .
“Ok I will see you in a little bit !”Katie answered. ” look forward to it. ” she answered.
She came over. She knocked on the door. ” come in !” Anna said. “Hi Mrs. Anna it will take some getting use to . ” Katie said. “I have some coffee . I heard that you we’re a coffe aholic. ” Anna said.”it’s true !”she said.
She got a cup of coffee and Sat down. She asked if she could pick up the baby. She smiled at her. “She seams to like you!”Anna said.”the feeling is quite mutual!”she said
“Derek and her are quite close.the kids all love there brother Derek. My two oldest Rob and Tom who you know have been on there own for a while. Jason died in a car accident. ” she said.
Katie did not want to press her on this . Derek never mentioned losing a brother. She suspected that it was something he did not care to dwell on. “To the other kids he is almost the oldest brother. ” she said.she tired to change the subject “yea ! He is really good at it. He will make a good farther one day.” she said.
“I have no doubt about that. ” she told her. ” my husband and I are really pleased with how he has matured .he was never immature but he has really grown spiritually. His dad is menturing him in the ministry. He has gone on visitation as well as teaches Sunday school and preaches. ” she said.”I would love to hear him preach. “Katie said.
“I am sure that you will get your chance. Do you feel called to s pastors wife? ” Anna asked.”I do. I love the idea if plating new churches. I play the piano.I feel called to. Minister to other ladies and children. I would love to Serve the Lord with Derek. I think we would make a good team. ” Katie Said.
“I think you would too. ” his mom said. ” I was worried that you might not be supportive of us. I definitely believe in parental oversight of a marriage of there children. “Katie said.
“Dennis and I were a bit taken a back at first. We had no idea that he had met anyone . there is nothing that would make us question you and him. ” Anna said.
“I really don’t intend on trying to convert him to a Pentecostal. I know how strongly he feels about Independent fundamental baptism.I appreciate his wanting to be separated from the world and worldly doctrine. ” she told Anna.
“We do tease Thomas but we do love him.we are all close with His wife. He has great kids! He is a great farther and husbands. He is a godly man. Derek is different. ” Anna said.
“I am quite smitten with Derek. “She said.”I can tell. ” Anna said. “I am probably a bit obvious I gues. ” Katie said.”a little!” Anna said.
” I guess I am not surprised. ” Katie said. Anna laughed. After a while she said her goodbyes.
“Thank you so much for letting me come over!”Katie said”it was my pleasure! Why don’t you come for super tonight?” she asked.” are you sure?” Katie asked. “Yea I am sure !”Anna said.
Katie hoped that Derek would be ok with her being there at super that night. She hoped that he would be informed ahead of time that she was going to be there. She hoped he would be ok with it. She would find out.
End of part seven.
Mat and Abby were the unlikiest of couples. Matt was traditional ,conservative old fashioned. He was uptight In some ways. He tended to be very serious.
Abby was not quite liberal but she was center left.she was more of a moderate. She was very modern.she was more bubbly. She was fairly light hearted. She was determined and driven.
There relationship seemed to be doomed to failue. Yet neither one wanted to call it quits.something drew them together. Something kept them a couple.
She went to hear him preach.she was quite impresed with his preaching. They seam to be becoming closer.
It had a been a month that they acknowledge that they were a couple. Things were going well.
They went out to celebrate where they had met. “Happy one mouth anniversary ab. ” he said . “happy aniversery Mattie. “Abbey said.she smiled at him.
” so I have a meeting of the district superintendent for the denomination out of sate. I kinda need to go. ” she said.” this weekend?”he asked. “Yea I am leaving Friday but I will be back Sunday night. ” she said . “ok but I am checking the car top to bottom. Is Jill going with you?”he asked. “Yes she is. ” she said.
“You will call where you leave and when you get there? ” he asked . “yes I will . I promise !”she said.he chuckled. “Ok. I just wory. “She said “I know I appreciate that. I know I have had a few mishaps. “She said. “Will you drive like me?”he asked. “No . no offense babe. I love you but I would like to get there this year.”she said. They laughed.
The next day he got to work looking at her car. He looked at it from top to bottom.
“Everything looks fine. You sure you don’t want to take my car? ” he asked. “The car with the I love my beigle bumper sticker?” she asked “ema is a great dog. “She said. Do you really want me to take your car?” She asked.
“I do. ” he said. ” alright. You can use my car while I’m gone . “She said. “I get to drive around in a car that has liberal Christian bumper stickers.”he said. “You will be fine “she said.
Friday arrived. He came over to her place to switch cars. He got out.he took his CD of hyim from his college choir out if the car CD player. “Let me guess your going to. Listen to either k love or jaz while on the road.”he waid. “There is a good chance of it. ” she said. “At least I have been warned.”he said.
She and Jill louded up the car. “I will be back before you know it.”Abby said. “I hope so.” he said.
He hugged her. ” I will kiss you ab!” he said. “I will kiss you Mattie. “She said. “I love you !”he said. “I love you !”she said.
He watched her go. The car drove off. He got in his car and headed back to his home.
She called him when She arrived. “Hey Matt I am hear.”she said .”no problems” he asked. “No made it hear without a hitch.” she said. “I am glad to hear it.”he said. “I need to register and all that. I will catch you later. ” she said. “Oh ok. I will talk to you later. I miss you already.” he said.”I miss you. ” she said. “I love you more then I can express ” He told her. ” I feel the same way.I love you too.” she said.
He was sad when they hung up.he would make the best of it while they were separated. He would keep himself buisy with school and church studies.
This was not a vacation but a working trip. She saw a towering figure heading towards her. It was the reverend Michael clandon. They had gone to school together.he had graduated and now was an advisor to the district leader.
“Ab!” Mike said. “Hello michael. “Abby said. She hated when he called her ab. That was what Matt called her.she did not know if he did it on purpose. It drove her crazy.
” how have you been ?” Mike asked “fine you?” She asked. “Doing fine. ” he said.
She had attended meetings most of the day. They broke for lunch.she sat down. To her anoyence michael Sat down next to her.
“So I heard a rumor abby Gail that you are seing someone?”the district superintendent asked. She blushed.”yes I am. ” she said.
Michael was surprised.”I had no idea. I thought you we’re too much of a work aholic to have a social life. ” michael commented.
“If something is important to you you make the time !” Abby said “who is he?” another denomination official asked . ” please tell me it is not That fundy bible student that I met at the hospital. ” Mike said.
“That’s the one “jil said.” I have met him is very nice. ” pastor Helen said “how did you meet?” another pastor asked. “It was a blind date. ” she said. “I see. “The superintendent said.
Later that night.
“I am disappointed in you Abigail. You can do better then mat. I think you know that ” Mike said.
“He is a good and decent man michael.”she said . “I have no reason to doubt that ab. You are out of his league. You are an intellectual. Fundies see philosophy as science falsy so called.they think any higher or lower critism is studied unbelief. They reject knowledge. It a wonder that they are not flat earthers. Mike said.
“He can never stimulate you imterlecyaly. He is a simeton. What Will you abandon your schooling. Go join him in some backward part of muddle America. You barefoot and pregnant whole he preaches any gone regressive brand of Christianity?He may make you happy but never fulfilled . to quote sybok you know I’m right.” Abby said.
“Please don’t use star trek to try your points . you dirty star trek name when you speak it. ” She said.
“You must know it will never work between you too. It can’t. ” he said. “Michael you don’t know me..you don’t understand who I am really am. You and I would never work. ” she told him.
She was happy to get away from michael. She hoped that she would not see him more this weekend. She knew that that was unavoidable. She hoped that the weekend would go fast.
To be continued.
Katie decided to back off for a bit. She decided to give him some room to breath. She hoped that she could work pass his objection. She realized that she had to do it on his term. That was hard. She trusted the Lord and him. She decided he needed time. She believed that he did not move as fast as she did. She would have to be patients. It would happen at the right time.
She wanted it to happen now .she did not want to wait.for her the question of who was already been answered. Now that that was solved she wanted to plan there lives. He was stil at who. She found that frustrating.
Derek went back to the parsnege.he went inside.”we are really glad that Katie came tonight. ” his farther said .”I really like her. “Anna said .”I am a bit surprised. I thought that the fact that she was Pentecostal would diqalify Her right then and there.”he said.
“We trust you. Your different then Tom. The I.f.b views were never his. He came to his views before he met Amy. You did not come to your views on your own.you developed them on our own. I know you will not abandon them at the drop of a hat. I believe her that she will not try to change your views. She seems to have good qualities and a good character. “His farther said.
“We do really like her. We are surprised but we do. She is special. She is a keeper. “Anna said. “She would make a fine addition to the family. “He said.he did not say much. He was not sure in which direction he was learning. He was just really confused.
He just could not phantom that this could be from the Lord. He did not believe that the Lord communicated to his people in this manner in this dispensation. If the word was not genuine,how could the relationship be legitimate. At the same time he did feel for her. She did something to him. He got choose bumps hever she was in the same room as he was. The thought of her made him smile. He stil was not sure how to proceed.
Should he dive in or run away? He felt maybe he should run away but did he want to. His head and heart felt totally opposite things. He was perplexed.
The next day he got up and showered.he had breakfast and read from The bible and an I.f.b devotional. He prayed. He got dressed and then got ready for work. He worked until 1:00 pm and had classes at 3:00 pm. It was a very built day.he did not mind. He liked to be productive.
Katie woke up. She got ready for classes. She decided to give Derek some space. She would give him time to short this all out. She would pray for him. Her sprit stil confirmed that he was to be her husband. She had a peace about all this .
She had got ready and headed to class. She was confident that the Lord had brought them together and that it would all work itself out.she did miss him. She wanted to see him. She knew she had to wait.
He went to work. He focused only on work. He turned everything else off. He was a good worker. He put everything into what he did.
She went to clases. She Sat down at a desk. “Hi katelin “her friend Jacky said .”so can expect your cisationest friend to join you for dinner?”she asked .”I don’t think so.”she said. “We figured we might have round two of the great debate.”Jacky said in response. “He is a really good guy. I disagre with him on a few things. I enjoy bantering with him. ” Katie said.
“You really like thus guy?”another friend asked . “I do. I know it’s unlike me. “Katie responded.”I. Happy for you. ” Jacky said. “We can tell” a male said.
She did not realize how strongly she felt about all this. She did want to use this moment. She figured that this would be the time to solidify those feelings. She would work on herself not him. She would focus on g over him. Then her clases began.
After his shift was over, he drive home before going to class. He drive pass her college. That made him smile. He chuckled to himself.he went home to get a quick bite to eat.
“Have you talked to Katie today?”his mom asked. “No I have not. ” he responded. “Are you going to ?”she asked. “I am not sure yet. I am a tight schedule.if I do it will be tonight. “He said. “Don’t let her slip away. If your not careful some Pentecostal Wil whisk her away. “She said .” ok!”he said.
“She Is a keeper Derek. If you let her get away. You Wil always regret it. It was not always easy between your dad and I. I can’t imagine my life without him. You look at her the way your dad looks at me. I have learned that love is one big choice followed by a series of little choices. Your dad and I like her so far.we feel this is a good choice. ” His mom said.
He got his books. He got ready for class. He got into his car. He headed for his clases. During the clases he only focused on clases.
Her clases ended for the night. She considered paying an unexpected visit to Derek. She was not sure that she should. She was not sure that she could go a full day without seing him .she knew she did not want to. She did not want to overwhelm him. She decided to call first.
He finished clases. He went home. He helped his younger brother work on a model air plane. After taking a break his phone went off. The ring tone was the hyim “Pentecostal power” it made the whole family chuckle.
He went to the halway. He pushed the answer button. “Hey katels ! “He said. “Hi Derek! I was wondering if I could stop by. “She asked ” yea that would be fine. “He said. “I will be by in a few minutes. “She told him.”oh ok great!”he said.
“Is she stopping by?”his dad asked.”yea .she just got done her clases I gues she decided to call first. “He said.
She showed up not long after she hung up. He went out to meet her.”hey katels! “He said smiling.”het Derek bear. “She said.they did not really engage in physical contact.she threw caution to the wind and hugged him.to her surprise he hugged her back.
They held on to each other for a few seconds. “I missed you today. I realize I probably over loaded you yesterday. I decided to give you some space. I had to talk to you some time today. “She told him.
“I will be honest katie I did feel overwhmed. Its not just you.it’s everything. I am a low key guy I am a low key guy in a low key life. My whole life has changed. I just need time to process it all. “He said.
“I can understand that.it was never my intention to over whelm you. I just want to be a part if your life. I really enjoy being with you. “She said.
“I am trying to figure this all out I tend to go slow. I did miss you. “He told her.
“Are you warming up to the idea of us?”she asked. “I think so. I really need time. This is a lot to take in. “He said. “I admit it, I am a hand full. You don’t know the extent of it yet. “She told him.
“Oh no!now I sm scared. “He said.”you should be! “She said.they laughed. “You can trust me. Lower your shields. Let me in. I an dependable. I want to prove myself.you have to take a risk. I know that I am asking you a lot . I am asking you to take a giant leap and trust that I will catch you. ” she told him.
He considered her words. “I want to Katie I really do. The word from the Lord us troubling. If I accept that it was from the Lord, do I one have to embrace every tennet of the Pentecostal movement? Our relationship developed as a direct consequence of that word. Were it not for that word we would not have not met. That is my problem with all of this !”Derek said.
“Like I have said previously I do not want to change your views. I want you to be right with the lord. I consider the word to be a blessing.to you it is a burden. I rejoice over it. It energizes me. I am stunned by your reluctance . I wish you would dive in. I u understand. It is hard.”she Said.
” I wish I had met some other way. I wish that it had not been because of the word. I know I must appear to be stubbornly ideological but that is not my intention. I have concerns that I just cannot get pass .” he said.
“I get where your coming from dere I really do. It is hard for me to understand why this is holding you back. I get it but it is very hard. I am in a very different place then you are. I that . if you hold back I have to hold back. I don’t want to hold back. I understand we have to hold back thus early any way. We both have to overcompinsste and that’s sad. “She said .
End of part six.
“Where did you go? You almost never leave campus if you have an afternoon class.”his friend Jake commented. “I was having diner with a friend.”Derek answered. “Who is this friend?”Rob asked.
He started to blush. He had no idea how to answer this question in such a way that would not garner more questions. He suspected that these questions might be more uncomfortable then The first one. “Is this anyone we know?”Jake asked. “No you don’t” he said. Derek tried not to get defensive.
“There is something your not telling us.” Rob commented. “Its a she isint it? Were you on a date?” Jake asked. “Well kind of!”Derek answered. “You on a date? You never go on a date.” Jake remarked.
“As I said,it was not quite a date. Its complicated.”Derek said. “Do you like her?”a friend named Tod asked. “She is very nice. There is a lot in her character that I really like.”Derek responded.
“Is She saved?” Jake asked. “Yes she is. She profeses salvation and definitely shows evidence of spiritual growth. “Derek said.
“I sense some reluctance. ” Rob said “I do have some concerns. I don’t questione her character. She is not independent fundimentle Baptist.”Derek said.
“She is not?”Darrin asked.”no not at all unfortunately. “Derek responded.”she is not a liberal church us she?”Jake asked. “She believes in the basics but she is not quite separated” .Derek said. “What denomination is she from?” Jake asked.
Then the professor arrived. The conversation was altered. Derek was relieved. Then the clases began.
Katie or katelin as she was known at the college went to her next class. She knew that she would get million questions or more.
“So katelin, who was that?” alexsa asked. “His name is Derek. He is a pastors son. He is a student at bible believing Baptist college. ” she told them.
“How do you know that?” Jessica asked. “His brother goes to Bethlehem community church. He was visiting his family.”She said.
“How do you know him?” Jessica asked again.
“I got a word from the Lord to go talk to him. “Katelyin said. “There is something your leaving out. “Alesha said.she chuckled.”yes there is!”she answered.
“What is it that you are leaving out?”Stephanie asked. “God told me that I was going to Mary him. “She exclaimed.”really?”Jessica asked .”yes I did.” She answrred.
Soon after her professor arrived.then her class Began. She was glad to get a diversion from all of the questiones. She wad ready for the class to begin.
Derek really enjoyed the class that day. After the class he headed right to class. He wondered if Katie was really going to be at the midweek service. As he parked,he saw her car. He parked next to her. He wondered if that was symbolism in that . he convinced himself that there was not.
After her class,She briefly went home. She headed to abiding Grace Baptist church. She got a bit nervous about going.She wanted to become a part of her world. she wanted to prove to him that She could be trusted.
She parked. She took a key out of the ignition. She took a deep breath. She opened the car door. She walk into the church and went inside.
She drive to the church several times but never went inside. She never even thought about going inside. It had a reputation for there seperation. She would be probably be attending on a ful time bases at some time. It was not bothering her in the way he thought it would. She was kind of excited by it.
She walked into the front door. She went inside the building. She walked to the auditorium. She heard vioces. She followed the voices.
She went inside. She saw three ladies. One of the ladies was in her seventies. She had been a Christian Sense her twenties.she had a reputation as a prayer warrior. She used to teach Sunday school but had stepped aside oficialy but was very active behind the scenes.
The next lady was a younger women. She was a wife ans mom . her children were young. She was a house wife with a vibrant informal ministry. She had a reputation as an encoureger. The other lady was a fairly new mom.she was the youngest in the group.they turned around and saw Katie.
“Hi.welcome!”the older lady said. “I’m ester.this is Mary Anne and ellie.”the older lady said.
“Hi I’m Katie. ” she said.usually she went by katelin but she had introduced herself to Derek as Katie. Derek had nor realized that her full name was katelin until he heard her referred by that name at her college. In his world,it Sean’s that she was Katie.
“It is good to meet you. We are glad that you are hear. ” ester said. “Its good to be hear. ” Katie said. “We are a smal church but we are friendly. ” Mary Anne said. “I can see that. “She said. “There are a lot of older people but we are working on that. The pastor has a big family. His oldest in his 20’s and the youngest is a few months old. They want to reach out to the community. ” ellie said.
Katie thought that it was funny that ellie was playing up the pastor and his family. It confirmed in her mind what she already thought. It confirmed what she believed.
“This church is a family. I hope that you will become part of this family. ” ester said.
Katie would become close to all three of these women. They would become close friends of hers. Ester wood become a sprituel grandmother of sorts. Katie would come to value her. Ellie and Mary Anne would become friends and sisters. They would be insteamentle in her adjustment to the I.f. b.
The pastors wife came in. She saw Katie. She went over to them .”hi Katie it’s good to see you.”Mrs. Carlson said.
“Do you know this young lady?” ester asked.Anna Carlson smiled. “Yes I do. “Anna answered. After a while the pastor came in. He saw the ladies talking. He was surprised to see her.he went over to them.
“Katie hi. I did not know that you were coming tonight. “The pastor said. “It was kind of a last minute decision. “She said. ” I am very glad that you are hear. ” the pastor said. “Thank you. “She said.
Derek was not sure if she had been serious when she Said that she was coming to the midweek service. He was not sure if he was ready for that. Was he ready for her to be that involved In her world.yet hear she was.
When he saw her car,he was not sure how he felt about her being hear. He was not sure if he wanted to go inside. He might have to answer questiones he would rather not answer. He knew he had to go in eventually .after some delay he went in.
He said helo to a few people. He engaged in some smal talk. Then he entered the auditorium. He saw Katie. He saw her talking to a smal group of people that included his parents.
He walked to where they were “hi there!”she said . “you came?”he asked.”I did. “She replied.he was not sure how he felt about her being there. He would never say that. He felt very awkward. Dispete his anxiety to her being hear She stil made him smile. People noticed it.
They set down in a pew together. “I missed you!”she said. “Its not been that long?” he said . “I know . I stil miss you never the less. “She said.”I miss you. ” he said.
She sat next to him. It felt right. It felt like it was at it should be. A few days earlier she did not know he existed. Today she could not imagine life without him. She knew he did not quite feel that way yet. She was ready for that adventure. She believed that he was created with her in mind and vice versa.
She enjoyed the surmon delivered by his farther. She wondered if Derek had a similar preaching style. She was exited to get to know her future in-laws. At this church the man and women prayed seperatly.
After the prayer time they had time to talk.
“Ok I have to ask, you and Derek,you seam to have quite the report. “Ester commented.she blushed a bit. “We do right now we are just friends. I hope perhaps that will change. ” she said. “We are overdo for another weeding at the church.”Mary Anne said. “We are not trying to rush you but it would be nice. ” ellie said.
“I want you to know that Derek is a fine person. The Lord has really gotten a hold of him in recent year’s. Not that he was not strong I. The Lord before but he grew in a lot in recent years. ” ester said.
“Dennis and I are really pleased with how the Lord are working in him.”Anna Carlson said.
“You attend a different church? “Elie said . “yes I do.”Katie said. She really hoped that no one ask where she went to church. She did not want to emberiss him.
“What church do you go to?”ellie asked. She knew that this was a delicate matter. “I am Pentecostal.”she answered . she was a bit nervous. They seemed to take it in stride.
They started to go upstairs. “It was good to meet you. I syincerly hope that we will be seeing more of you. “Ester said. “I would like that. ” Katie said.
Derek ‘s mom went over to her. “I am glad that you are hear. I am glad that you came. “His mom told her. “Thank you. “She said. “If you have a free morning drop by. I would love to chat with you without the guys. “Anna said. “I would like that ” she said.
They walked back to the auditorium. She Sat next to Derek. “How was prayer time?”he asked. “Very good. ” She said. “Very good ” she said. “I am glad to hear it. “He said.
The service was concluded after a closing prayer by Derek’s dad. He dismissed the service. “What do you think of my church?”Derek asked. “I like It. Will you paturn the church you want to start after this ?”she asked. “That was my thought. “She said. “Everyone seems really nice. ” She said. “This is a really good group. “He said. “I can tell” She said.
“A lot of The people hear are first generation Christians. I would love to recreate it somewhere else “Derek said.
He walked her to her car. She smiled at him. “I hope it’s ok I came tonight. I did not mean to invade his space. I want to be a part of your world. ” she told him.
“I am glad you came tonight. I do admit I find it a bit uncomfortable. You probably have figured out that I am a bit secretive. “He said. “I have noticed. I am sorry I exposed you. I am sorry I never intended to force your hand. I know you don’t fully trust me yet. This probably did not help. “She said.
“Its ok. I will get over it. “He said. “Ok!”she said. They Said there good nights. They had never had any type of physical contact. She threw caution to the wind and gave him a great big hug. He hugged her back.
She went home with mixed emotions. She was falling in love with him more and more every second. She was starring to see how she fit in. He stil had not accepted that they would be a couple. She wished that she could get him to accept him.
She felt two set of emotions at the same time. She felt love and dispair . how could she convince him that she could be trusted.
End of part five.
“I can explan maybe!” he said. “Do you like her?”his mom said. “I am not sure yet. Well I meen I Do like her but I’m not sure I like like you. ” he said. They were confused .”you kinda like her?” his farther asked.”look dad I am not going to become a pentecostal. I feel very strongly about the I.f.b. I have told that to Katie.she says that she understands that .”he said.
“I had no idea that you were seeing someone.” his dad said. “We are it exactly. We just Mets few days ago. The truth is I have no idea no idea what I am doing.” he told them. “She Seems nice. We would like to get to know her. “Pastor Carlson said.”we are going to have her over for supper.”his mom said. “I am sure s he will. I wi ask her.”he said.
That night his parents talked about Derek and Katie. “Those two are Rey cute together. “Mrs. Carlson said. “They really are. They so seam to like each other.” the pastor said. She laughed. “Its weird I get the impression that he is not sure he likes you. “She said.”I got that too. “Pastor Carlson said. “She is sweet. I think despite his reluctence we have met our future daughter in law. “She said. He chuckled.”I think we might have” he said.
“I am excited to get to know her. “His mom said. “I am too. She does seem like a nice person. If she is our future daughter in law,I would like to get to know her. It might give a clue about Derek. “He said. “I know.sometimes I feel like I really don’t know him. He is so private. “She said. “He is so quiet. So inward. I have not been able to figure him out. “He said. “Yet some how this complete stranger has some how managed to create a smal crack and got in a little bit. “His mom said.
“How far will she get? Will she be able to get him to open up?”his dad asked. “I get the impression that he has not opened up yet. ” she said.”I figured that too.” he said.
“I know he likes her even if he won’t admit it.”his mom said.”something is definitely holding him back. “His dad said. “I can see that. “She said.
The next day,Derek went to clases.he tried to turn off his emotions and focus. He did not want to be distracted. He was able to stay focused. When the professor dismissed the class, he turned his emotions back on. He got exited about the prospect of seeing her.
He got his back pack. He left The classroom. He could not get to see her fast enough. He then drove to her campus.
As the car got closer to the campus,he got really nervous. He considered turning back.he felt weird about even entering the campus. He decided that it was ok.he reluctantly drove to the parking area. As he look at all the cars with k_love bumper sticker and Pentecostal stickers he felt really out of place. He considered driving away but he did want to see her.
He stopped the car. He took the key out of the ignition and he got up. He left the car. He closed the door. He slowly walked away from the vehicle.
He walked to the dining hall. As he walked he passed by other students. He said hi. He neared the dining hall. He looked for Katie but did not see her. He felt awkward about just going inside.
He had gone from nervous to extremely nervous. He decided to remain calm. Other students saw him and suspected he was out of place. A young male student came up to him. “Can I help you?”he asked.” Derek was about to answer but then Katie showed up. “It’s ok Simon he is with me!” Katie said.”ok katelin.”Simon answered.
“Hey Derek. “She said. “Hi Katie. “He said.”I was afraid that you would chicken out and not show!” Katie said. “I can’t believe I have not melted yet. “He said. “It usually takes twenty minutes or so.at least that is what happened to the last ceasationest that came to the campus. “She said.”funny.”he said. They grabbed a tray and Sat down.
“What did you have for class this morning ?” Katie asked. ” old testament survey. What was your class?”he asked. “Spiritual laughter.” she said. “I am not going to ask.”he said.
“So I mostly understand your views in tounges and phrophecy at least I think I do. I would like to hear it from you. ” she said.
“Ok . well let’s take tounges and phrophecy as two separate issues.”He said. “Ok fair enough.” She said. “In acts tounges is seen as a sign of judgement or a sign of authority for the apostles. acts two ,tounges was a sign of judgement on the nation of Israel for rejecting the messiah. It also proved the authority of the apostles. ” he said.
“I would also add that in acts. Tounges were an actual language. Geeks heard the message In Greek and so on. It was not heavenly language. Keep in mind acts is a transitional book. It is problematic to base s doctrine on the book of acts. ”
“Corinthians is the other portion of scripture deeling with tounges.Corinth was a carnal church. It is difficult to base a doctrine on a worldly church. Paul down played tounges.he set rules I including the requirement of an interpreter. I believe that the gift of tounges ended with the completion of scripture. First Corinthians 13 says that when the perfect comes it will be done away with. ”
“You believe that tounges have ceased and not a viable gift for today?”she asked.”yes that is correct. “He said. “Ok. What about phrophecy?”She asked.
“The purpose of phrophecy was to communicate God’s will to men. Some preduxt judgement. It was to give his message. We have everything we need. Pester Said that we have all we need for life and godliness. ” he said.
“You believe the only reason for phrophecy was to write the bible?”she asked. “Yes that is a fair statement ” he said. “So now tounges and phrophecy are not needed?”he asked. “Yes that would be my view. ” he said.
“Ok. Interesting. “She said.she twurled her hair.he could see that she was deep in thought. She rarely recognized that she did it. She tried to collect her thought.
“Lets exclude Corinthians for a minute . tounges and phrophecy are considered a viable gifts in acts. There us no time limits. “She said. “In acts tounges phrophecy and mericles are seen in the beginning of The book. They tail off and are not depicted towards the end of the book. ” he said.
“That is an argument from silence. No examples in the end of the book do not necessarily mean that none have accrued. We don’t have any information either way. “She answered. “The absence of these events does appear to be significant. ” he told her. “Maybe but I am not sure. It is an interesting argument.I find it weak.”She told him.
“Let’s bring Corinthians back into the discussion. ” he said . “ok let’s. Paul downplayed gifts because of the situation in the Corinthian church. I am not sure he ment to Imply that tounges are a minor or unimportant gift.”She said.
“I am not sure that it has the prestige that the penticoastal movement assigns to it. It was a sprituel gift. It was a gift not the only gifts . not everyone got it. It I’d not proof of being filled with the spirit.”he said.
“Paul never condemns the gift if tounges. He never tells them not to Use it. He sets down guidelines so that the gift of tounges can be utilized. Paul does not want the gift to not be used. He wanted it used in a spirit of love. ” she said.
“Phrophecy and tounges will feast.”he said. “Yes it does say that.it says it will cease.we do not know when. Paul does not say when. ” she said.
“I believe that the perfect is the canon of scripture. We have the complete word of God. Tounges and phrophecy are no longer necessary .” he said.
“The theme of first Corinthians 13 is that love is more important then everything else. That includes sprituel gifts. Love ensues while some day sprituel gifts will cease. You ceasationest miss the point. “She said.
“I agree that love is the point of the verse. I believe that Paul does not downplay it. It is not as important a gift and somep portray it to be” he said.
“Why can’t the perfect be Christ?”she asked. “In the Greek the perfect is neutered. I believe it could not refer to Christ.” he said. “It could be his kingdom.”she said.
“Why do we need phrophecy? We have all we need?”He asked. “There are issues not covered I’m scripture. What kind of work should I do. Should I get married ?why would he not communicate though a word?” she asked.
“The bible deal with those issues indirectly. We should not work for a business that Engages in fraud. We should work hard. We should work for the Lord not to please men. We should not Mary an unbeliever. ” he said.
“Are you not limiting God?” she asked. “No only because he limited himself. He would not contradict himself. “He said. “Not everyone would agree with that Pont of view.Manny denominations thatate not Pentecostal do not hold the view that tounges and phrophecy have ceased.” she said.
“Some Pentecostal churches do not reject a phrophecy just because it contradicted scripture. They find ways around it. “He said.”I know it happens. I would reject a word that went against scripture. If someone came up to me and Said that I should Mary a budhest I would absolutely reject it. We have our fringes. So do Baptist. West burough Baptist, Steven Anderson and in the past Bob Jones university was controversial . ” she said.
“God is not the author of confusion. Tonges has caused chaos. There are things associated with tounges that are bot decent or In order.”he said.
Neither realized that there was sn audience that had gathered near her. Even some of the staf were listening in. “I don’t mean to be offensive. I realize that I am in your house. ” he said. “This is quite a discussion. “A professor said.
They both realized that they both needed to get to there respective clases at there respective schools. “We are no closer to common ground on this?”he asked.
“No I feel I understand your side better. I think i understand you better. I understand how to rate to you better. ” she said.
“I did not scare you off?” he asked. “No you did not!” she said. “You stil believe that you are supposed to marry me?” he asked. “Definitely. More then ever. “She answered.”ok!”he said. “Are you trying to scare me off?”she asked “no I think you need to have all of the facts. “He said.
“I know we are different. We see the world and the church differently. I embrace the difference. It challenges me. I will mull over what you have said I intend to wrestle with it. I am not afraid to have my views challenged. ” she said.
“Do you really want to live with someone who wi challenge your views every single day for the rest if your life? I admit it I’m stubborn. “He said.”you don’t get me. You don’t understand who I am. I don’t want to Mary a clone of myself. “She said.
“I do need to get back to my campus. “He said.” ok !I enjoyed our conversation. I look forward to resuming it. ” She said. “I will see you. ” he said.he started to walk a way. “Het Derek! I am going to go to your church tonight!”She said .”ok!”he said.
He got into his car. He had twenty minutes before class began. He had a theology class. He went inside.