PRIDE HAS MANY TENTACLES I was so focused on the body of the creature called Pride--its looming presence in the lives of other folks--that I failed to see that some of its tentacles were wrapped around my own heart. Thanks for the eye opener, Pastor Steve.
Great Sermon! This is for the "Christian" who is living a lifestyle of lawlessness and calling it living under grace. And for the one who is puffed up about not living like they belong to the world. Above all, it's for someone like me, who can focus on my own point of views about things rather than the perfect point of view of God.
A HEART SEARCHING MESSAGE Oh, LORD, that I may actually love you with my whole being. May my awareness of YOU increase more and more, and my awareness of myself less and less. And may I love others with YOUR kind of love.
GET PAST THE TITLE & HEAR THE MESSAGE Christmas messages are usually concentrated "God Incarnate" messages. Jesus didn't come as a angel, or a bolt of lightning, or a spiritual idea. He was (and is) God in human flesh.
SO WHAT, YOU'VE HAD SOME KIND OF LIFE? This message will knock you off your self-pity high horse! I'm glad I "revisited" this sermon. Reminds me not to sit in a corner, thumb in mouth, rocking back and forth, saying, "Woe is me."
A FINAL THOUGHT...I THINK Pastor Brian, about that manure...maybe bodies back then could utilize almost 100% of the plant as food so there would less waste to eliminate. And maybe bodies had better filtering/recycling systems than after the flood. Maybe that's why things lived longer.
ALSO WONDERING... Considering that the world was probably against him, I wonder how Noah was able to convince the wife, three sons and their wives that the boat trip would be a life saving event? And how did he get help building it?
JUST THINKING... Pastor Brian, I've been reflecting on what you said about Noah being mocked by people. Bringing it down on a more personal level, Noah had brothers and sisters, cousins, aunts, uncles, nephews and nieces, maybe his moma and her side of the family, not to mention all Noah's in-laws. These relatives were probably mocking him also.
INTERESTING This past Monday on a entertainment talk show, that a relative watches, a young actress told of her recent trip to Indonesia. She went into a shop and bought a skirt. When she went to grab the skirt and leave, the Hindu woman said she had to pray over it first. After praying she told the actress that the skirt would bless her and whomever she gave it to later. Before talking about the skirt the actress had stated that she had never been around that religion before, that the people (of that religion) were peaceful and kind. I wonder if she was charmed into believing this by the prayed over skirt that's now in her possession?