When Things Break by Daniel Rodgers

When Things Break
Dan Rodgers
James 1:2-4
April 21, 2002

INTRODUCTION:

ILLUS: By Tuesday of this week, I had not yet decided on a sermon topic (that always makes a pastor a little nervous). As I was driving to the office, I was praying that God would give me the message He wanted for Sunday. In just about five minutes I had my answer.

I was driving down Grantline Road when all of a sudden my engine went dead. I coasted to the side of the road and sat there for a moment. I attempted to restart the engine, but to no avail.

I thought to myself, "It certainly won't do any good to get frustrated." I just said, "Praise the Lord! There has to be a reason this happened. I'll just make the best of it, and leave it in the Lord's hands."

Thank the Lord; I had my cell phone with me and was able to call a tow truck. I had them tow my car to Folsom Chevrolet.

QUOTE: I couldn't help but be reminded of the quote from the booklet, Bits and Pieces, "Inanimate objects are classified scientifically into three major categories: those that don't work, those that break down, and those that get lost." (Russell Baker Writer Cited in BITS & PIECES DATE: 5/11/01)

During all this time, I was concerned about an appointment I had at my office with another pastor. Fortunately, I was able to rent a car and make it to the church on time. The unfortunate part of the whole thing was when they informed that the bill would be $750.00.

1. While I was driving from the Chevrolet dealership to the office, the events of the morning were playing on my mind. The thought came to me, "What happens when things break?" What lessons, if any, are we supposed to learn, how are we to react, and what part does God have in all this?"

3. I certainly do not profess to have all the answers; however, I believe there are some things God would have us know...some things to consider as we think about our message this morning "When Things Break."

I. FIRST, WE ALL UNDERS ...


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