The Gospel according to Montecristo

This past Saturday several guys got together to celebrate the 30th birthday of my brother in law.  Since it was a "guys only" event we decided to meet at JR's Cigar lounge in Whippany, New Jersey.  This is the ultimate man cave complete with a huge selection of aged port wine, a cherry oak bar, an expansive wine and champagne list, multiple lounges, a gigantic Cigar warehouse and a gift shop  that would even make James Bond proud.  Another added perk was that you get a free cigar with each meal. (This would be important later on) This is my definition of "manadise".

The evening passed by smoothly as we reminisced over grub, cigars, pipes, wine, and whisky. The highlight of the evening was my brother in law's honoring.  An honoring is a time set out usually at an event where each person has a chance to say something about the honoree. It's sort of like Christian roasting.  The great thing about this was that for a solid 20 minutes or so each person seemed to speak about how Christ was integral in their lives.  Since we were the largest group in the lounge I am sure that most of the other patrons heard about Christ too.  We were not quiet.  I was so inspired by this that I even thought that we should do this more regularly as a way of evangelizing. None of us ever expected that night that we would be called to share God in such an indirect way -through cigars!

As we left the lounge we saw two men and a woman.  Judging by their thick accents we knew that they were British.  As we heard them speaking we realized that the woman was upset because she was not able to get a cigar since she had come too late.  My brother in law quickly devised a plan...

My brother in law remembered that he had left 3 cigars on the table so he told the manager that he had left his wallet inside. The manager let him in and he emerged with the three cigars in hand and went towards the car where three Brits were. They were overjoyed and kept thanking us.  One of them went so far as to say that through this gesture he believed that there was a God.  Whether or not he was telling the truth or was just a wee bit drunk it doesnt matter. His statement made an impact upon us.  Could the Lord have used this event as a way of making himself known?  If yes, what a cool way of going about it.


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