Feelings (4 of 6) by Jim Henry

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Feelings (4 of 6)
Series: Depression
Jim Henry
2 Corinthians 5:7

One of my favorite ads on television is the one called, ''Feelings.''

You know, the one the telephone company has, where you see all the different scenes, kind of a package, a strata of society. And I like the very popular song, ''Feelings'' they use. You see different things happening in people's lives. They show emotion. I think my favorite one is the grandbaby talking to grandmother on the telephone, and cooing over the phone, and you know grandmother is understanding every word, of course!

And then I like the one where the kid with the broken leg is sitting there. He missed a big band trip apparently, and everybody's off, and they gather around the phone and call him to cheer him up. He's listening and then he makes the big old trumpet go ''Bleew'' right into the telephone, and all the gang is out there going ''Yea.'' I like that, it gets to me because these are feelings.

How do we face our feelings, understand them, come to grips with them?

That's what I want to deal with in this message called ''Feelings.'' There are three major points. The first one is this: I. The Predicament of Our Feelings Predicaments can be good and bad things. That's the way feelings are.

We're all made up of feelings. Nobody can take them away from you, because God gave them to you. To deny that we have feelings is to deny our humanity.

Everybody has feelings, that's a part of our humanity. They're expressed differently, but we all have feelings.

The second thing is, we cannot generate true feelings. You don't make true feelings come about. You can have emotionalism, but you cannot generate true feelings. For instance, I've read about some actors and actresses who say they can just sit down and at a certain part of being taped and filmed they can turn on the tears, not feeling a thing. They said they could kiss another person and not have any emotion about it whatsoever. In fact, a wife told me ...

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