Empty (2 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Empty (2 of 4)
Series: Generations
Pastor Kerry Shook

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Well, Josh, first I want to say where did you get that talent? It wasn't from me. Great job and I know you didn't get your talent from me.

We're doing a series that we are calling Generations. It's how to live a life that outlasts you and so I thought that I would turn to a younger generation so I asked my sons, Ryan and Josh, my two oldest boys, my 18 year old and my 16 year old, it's the first service I've got their age right in, and I've asked them to help me out with the message. Josh, what do you think your generation is really looking for?

JOSH: I think our generation is really looking for a purpose, but acceptance with a purpose, we're trying to use myspace or whatever, just all the ways to communicate, text message, cell phones. We talk so much and we know so much about each other. It just comes from trying to feel accepted. We are all just trying to throw everything out there on the table and we're constantly going around trying to find a place where we have a purpose while feeling accepted.

KERRY: I see that and I see that you guys share so much more. You guys talk about everything and in my generation we played it kind of close to the vest and we didn't open up like you guys do. I see that as a good thing. Is that a good thing or a bad thing?

JOSH: It's a good thing and a bad thing. It's good in the sense that hey, we all know that hey, we're going through all this, that we are all one in it together and we don't have to be ashamed of it, but it's bad in a sense that it becomes acceptable because everyone's doing it and so you don't think of it as a big deal.

KERRY: Well when people talk about their struggles and everybody talks about them and they know that we all know what we're all going through and so then it makes it not a big deal sometimes, huh? So, I guess it is good and bad. Well, I know Ryan, a few months ago, you just had such concern for your generation that you wanted to do something that would really impact your generation and speak to your generation and you came up with this idea for a short film. So, tell us about this.

RYAN: Yeah, the idea kind of came about a couple of months ago. Since me and my friends and Josh have grown up in the church and we've been around it. It seems like a lot of time we get stuck in this rut of just going to church and going through the motions. So, me and my friends and Josh, we've been in student ministry and we started to wonder is this really what it's all about.
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