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The Problem Solver (3 of 4)
Series: All I Want For Christmas
Pastor Jeff Schreve
When I was a kid growing up, my parents would play the movie, The Music Man. And we heard, and my dad had, the songs of The Music Man on reel-to-reel. Some of you remember, some of you kids will remember reel-to-reel. Probably not! We didn't have CD players. I mean, 8-track was really cutting edge when I was a kid. But my dad had reel-to-reel. He'd play The Music Man. And there was a particular song in the play, The Music Man, with Robert Preston when he said that there was trouble in River City. You remember that? "We got trouble with a capital T, and that rhymes with P, and that stands for problems." But trouble and problems, who can relate to trouble and problems, anybody? Okay. Anybody, can't relate to trouble and problems, can you please just fly around here and let us all see you? All of us can relate to problems.
Now everybody in this room, has got problems. There's probably not a person in this room that you don't have maybe a little bit of pain somewhere. Maybe your toe hurts. Maybe your knees hurt. Maybe your elbow hurts. I did something the other day lifting weights, and my shoulder just hurts a lot. And, I mean, it's not huge, but it's just a, a little bit of a pain, some nagging injuries. All of us have a little something. We have this problem and that problem. And some of you are having a problem with not knowing what to get your spouse for Christmas. I mean, problems don't have to be gigantic to be a problem, you know, but it's what Ronald Reagan said, "You know the difference between a recession and a, a depression? A recession is when your neighbor loses his job. A depression is when you lose yours." You know, I mean, when the problem comes to you, then it's a big problem. But what do you do when problems reach a fever pitch?
I remember when I was young in the ministry. I hadn't been in the ministry very long at all. And a lady came to me in ...
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