From Inscape: Literary and Art Magazine 2013 Issue:
The Gospel of Herman
In the beginning of the gospel of Herman, Herman was tested to prove
his love for the Lord. He taught at the Lucky-stop Pentecostal church, where
the Lucky-stop Bar used to stand, but there was a falling out and Herman had
to leave the church. Rather than give up on his Lord, Herman decided to start
his own church, but he did not have a church to teach in, so, every Sabbath and
any other day that Herman could gather up enough people, Herman would
stand on the front porch of the house he built for himself and his wife and
would preach the word of God, while his congregation would stand or sit in
his front yard. One day a man came to Herman and told him that there was
a church house for sale, but it was in the mountains far away from his home.
Herman soon learned that the church that the man spoke of was going to be
turned into an apartment complex, so Herman bought the church to keep this
house of the Lord from becoming something else and so that he could give
the church back to the people when all was finished. Upon looking around,
Herman could see that though the church needed quite a bit of mending , the
little church had potential and with the help of his Lord, prayer, and sacrifice,
he could build up this tiny church in the mountains.
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