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Lost in the Crowd
Some people love crowds. The more the merrier. But for others, a big crowd is a little bit of hell on earth. They’d rather stay home to watch the big game or drive 15 hours instead of boarding one of those flying cattle cars we call an airplane. For some people, a crowd doesn’t produce a feeling of connection. It italicizes their isolation. It underlines their loneliness. Mark tells a story about that in chapter five of his gospel.
God Is ... In Control
Many of the things we do start with the push of a button, the click of a mouse, the turn of a wheel or the press of a pedal. We have an enormous amount of control right at our fingertips. Until the power goes out. Or the computer freezes. Or the engine dies. Control, for us, is always provisional and temporary. Not for God. His control is unconditional and eternal. And that’s good news. Here’s why . ., (additional Bible verses used: James 4:15, Job 42:2, Psalms 115:3, Proverbs 16:33, Daniel 4:24-25, Proverbs 16:32, Jeremiah 3:7, Jeremiah 2:30, Matthew 23:37.
God is ... Everywhere
You can cross a continent in less time than it took our ancestors to ride into town. Video telephony technologies like FaceTime or Skype put us in the “presence” of a loved one or business associate immediately. And our smartphones make us ubiquitously available. It’s almost like we have overcome all space/time limitations. Except we haven’t. We can still only be in one place at a time. God, however, is different. He’s everywhere. All the time.
God is ... Different
There are certain things that are common to all human societies. We all tell and laugh at jokes – at least until we are married, (after which wives don’t find their husbands near as humorous). In every society, people are afraid of snakes, but not of flowers. We all have a word for pain. We all play with toys. We all take turns. We are, it seems, remarkably similar. But God isn’t like us. God is . . . different. Additional passages: Leviticus 20:26, 1 Peter 1:15-16, Romans 3:10-11
Urban Legends of Spiritual Growth

Sorry to ruin your day, but Elvis has not been in the witness protection program since 1977, Mr. Rogers was not a Navy seal and Walt Disney is not cryogenically frozen waiting for medical technology to bring him back to life. Those are all urban legends. So is the idea that spiritual growth is for a select few, that it happens automatically and that it’s a private, personal matter. Join us this week as we drop some truth bombs on urban legends of spiritual growth.

References:

  • - Matthew 28:19-20
  • - Philippians 2:12
  • - I Peter 1:3-8
  • - Hebrews 10:24-25

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