Bringing the Text to Life
At a Glance
This material deals with a difficult text by beginning with a story that made headlines last year. Max Melitzer was homeless, living on the streets of Salt Lake City, until his long-lost brother died and left him his entire estate. Suddenly the pauper is a prince, the homeless has a home, the orphan has a family.
For material based on the gospel text, see "The Iconic Jesus," January 1, 2006, at HomileticsOnline.com.
He's Homeless -- and He's Rich!
Bum Inherits Windfall.
Hobo Set for Life.
If the story behind the headlines weren't true, you'd think you were hearing another formulaic Hollywood rags-to-riches tale. Max Melitzer was homeless until his long-lost brother died and left him his entire estate.
Max's life flipped upside down with his car in 1990. While driving his wife and two friends through Wyoming, he lost control and rolled off the road. He survived, but his loved ones all died.
Twenty years later, Max was pushing a shopping cart and all of life's...