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Series: Breaking the Chains of Religion
Pastor Jeff Schreve
2 Corinthians 11:1-3
If you have your Bibles, please turn to 2nd Corinthians chapter 11, 2nd Corinthians chapter 11. I want to tell you a little story about a man named Bob.
Bob was driving one day in Dallas traffic, Monday morning rush hour. He was bogged down in traffic, just inching along, you know, as you do if you're in a big city like Dallas, Monday morning rush hour. And he was thinking about his life. Bob was a Christian. Bob was doing so many good things for the Lord. Most people would think, Boy, Bob is just hitting on all eight. But as Bob sat there in traffic, the tears just began to brim in his eyes and splash down his cheeks. He was crying yet again because deep in his heart he was miserable. He was so miserable. And he didn't understand why he was miserable. And he said, "Lord, I don't understand this. Here I am, and I'm praying every day. And I'm getting up early to study the Bible. And I'm witnessing all the time. And I'm always in church - Sunday morning, Sunday night, and Wednesday night. And I lead a ministry." He had a radio program, Christian radio program, 15 minutes a day on radio in Dallas. He said, "Lord, I'm doing all these things, but I just feel miserable inside. I'm just so empty inside." He said, "Lord, it didn't used to be like that." He said, "Lord, I can remember just a couple years ago there was such joy, and there was such power, and there was such exhilaration, and now it's gone, and I just feel empty. I'm so miserable."
Have you ever had an experience like that, like Bob had? Can you identify with what he was going through? Did you know if we were honest today, that so many of us would be able to say, "Hey, Bob, I feel like that a lot of the time, too. I don't understand it either. I'm doing all the right things, all the things they tell me to do at church, but this doesn't seem to be working for me. I mean, I read in ...
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