Speaking Like An Adult (3 of 4) by Jeff Strite

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Speaking Like An Adult (3 of 4)
Series: All Grown Up
Jeff Strite
Hebrews 5:7-14

OPEN: A man was scheduled to speak for an important business dinner. But, as he was eating his meal he must have bitten down on something hard, for at that moment his false teeth broke in his mouth. Nearly paralyzed by panic, he muttered to the man next to him, "I can't believe this!" he says, "my false teeth just broke and I've got to get up and speak in a few moments!"
"No problem,' the man whispered back at him, "I've got an extra pair you can use!" And the man pulled a few sets of false teeth out of his pocket and presented them to the frantic speaker.
The speaker tried the first pair-they were too tight. The second pair was too loose. The third pair fit like a dream. Now totally relieved, he set back and greatly enjoyed his meal and afterward delivered an excellent speech.
At the end of the evening, the speaker walked up to his benefactor and thanked him for his help. "He said to his rescuer, "You really did me a great favor tonight. You know, I've been looking for a good dentist. Where are you located?"
The other man smiled and replied: "Oh, I'm not a dentist… (pause) I'm an undertaker!"

APPLY: There are people who find it uncomfortable to talk to anybody anything. It wouldn't matter if they had their own teeth… or if they wore someone else's, they would feel ill at ease teaching anybody about the Bible or God or Jesus

And actually, that attitude is not abnormal. If you recall, when God called Moses in the desert, He appeared to him in the form of a burning bush. And there God commanded Moses to return to Egypt, confront Pharaoh and tell him "Let my people go." Then "Moses said to the LORD, 'O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue'" (Exodus 4:10). Translation: "I don't want to go… send somebody else."
It's interesting how God responds to Moses: "Who gave man his mouth? Who ...


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