Jesus, My Inspiring Hero (1 of 10) by Steve Jones

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My Inspiring Hero (1 of 10)
Series: Jesus, My Hero
Steve Jones
Mark 2:1-12

INTRODUCTION: The AHL's Milwaukee Admirals ran a promotion on Thursday night, February 19, in the wake of the Michael Phelps marijuana scandal. As you may know, a photo of the Olympic champion smoking marijuana at a party in South Carolina was published in a British newspaper. The media firestorm over the image resulted in Phelps being suspended by USA swimming and dropped by Kellogg's as a spokesman. The Admirals called their team promotion "Don't Be like Mike Night". Here's what the team planned for "Don't Be like Mike Night" against the Rockford Icehogs, an affiliate of the Chicago Blackhawks:
- All fans who are graduates of a DARE program (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) got into the game for just $2.
- Anyone with the name Michael, Phelps, Mary Jane, Cheech, Chong, Weed, or anyone who has won an Olympic gold medal could also get their ticket for only $2.
- The team gave away a weed-whacker from National Ace Hardware, signed by the admirals.
- The team provided a document shredder outside section 225 for fans to destroy their own incriminating, Phelps-like photos.

Amy Winehouse, Jamie Lynn Spears, Britney Spears, Owen Wilson, Barry Bonds, Paris Hilton, Lindsay Lohan... All are celebs who win accolades and prizes, but also seem to keep making those scandalous headlines. The kids may idolize them, but parents associate those names with far more than "rich and famous." Try: "Crack, teen pregnancy, mental breakdown, suicide attempts, steroids, and substance abuse." Is it any wonder that 77% of Americans believe they have far too much influence on our kids?
And it's not just the kids - what about us adults? Don't we keep getting disappointed by our leaders? Don't we need heroes too?
QUOTE: Dr. Steven Muller, former president of Johns Hopkins University wrote: "The biggest failing in higher education today is that we fall short in exposing students to values. We don't really provide a value framework to young people who, more and more, are searching for it. Without a value system, it is going to be very difficult to maintain high standards in the society - the failure to rally around a set of values means that universities are turning out people who are very expert in the laboratory, or at the computer, or in surgery, or in the law court, but have no real understanding of their society. They are highly skilled barbarians."

(Two minute Film clip from "Spiderman II" where Peter Parker discusses "heroes" with his aunt works well right here). Yes, we need a hero, now more than ever. We need a hero whose substance exceeds their symbolism. We need a hero who can help us discover the hero in ourselves. We need a hero like Jesus. Starting today, and for the next nine weeks, I want to preach about Jesus, my hero, from the gospel of Mark. Today, let's look at Jesus my inspiring hero. In Mark chapter two Jesus inspired four reactions in people. L ...


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