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The Missing Link to Recovery (6 of 7)
Series: The Recovery Room
Pastor Jeff Schreve
A newspaper is a daily marvel. There are over 1700 newspapers printed in the United States of America. There's a circulation of over 62 million newspapers in the United States of America. So much is printed. And in newspapers, if it's a daily newspaper, there are deadlines. There are pressures for the editor to get the publication to print. And because you have deadlines and pressures, there can be errors - errors in reporting, errors in facts, errors in the typing of the articles - and this is especially true in the classified. Sometimes the, the, ah, person in charge of the classified really butchers the classified ad.
This is really in the paper in a different city, and it said this on Monday: "For sale: R.D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale. Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him cheap." There's a problem. They tried to correct it. Tuesday: "Notice: We regret having erred in R.D. Jones' ad yesterday, it should have read: One sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who lives with him after 7 p.m." There's another problem. Wednesday: "Notice: R. D. Jones has informed us that he has received several annoying phone calls because of the error we made in the classified ad yesterday. The ad stands correct as follows: "For sale: R. D. Jones has one sewing machine for sale cheap. Phone 948-0707 after 7 p.m. and ask for Mrs. Kelly, who loves with him" A problem. Thursday: "Notice: I, R. D. Jones, have no sewing machine for sale. I intentionally broke it. Don't call 948-0707, as I have had the phone disconnected. I have not been carrying on with Mrs. Kelly until yesterday. She was my housekeeper, but now she has quit." That was a problem for poor R. D. Jones. Now what was going on there? The newspaper made a mistake, and they were trying to right the wrong, although they didn't do it very well. Now, in our series, "The Recovery Room," we're going to talk today about "The Missing Link to Recovery." See, we have been sharing about how God wants to heal the deep hurts and the destructive habits and the dysfunctional hang-ups that we have. And in order for God to do that, you can't miss the missing link. Lots of people miss it. They miss out on what is so important. Or, if they don't miss it, they say, "I'm not going to do what God says to do." And because of that, they don't really heal. And there are lots of people in our world, lots of people in this church and in every church who are living in a prison, an emotional prison. They're living in a spiritual desert, and internal wasteland, where there is no joy, there's no peace, there's no power. What's the problem? They've failed on the missing link. What is the missing link to recovery? It is righting the wrongs. That's what it is. If you want to truly heal in your heart, you have to right the wrongs. So that's what we're going to look ...
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