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Flood (4 of 5)
Series: Natural Disaster - Life Happens, Be Prepared
Pastor Kerry and Chris Shook
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1. DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON EACH OTHER, INSTEAD TALK IT OUT WITH EACH OTHER
• Eph. 4:29 (GN)
2. DON'T TAKE IT OUT ON EACH OTHER, INSTEAD TAKE IT TO THE LORD
• Matt. 14:30 (NLT)
• Isa. 43:1-2 (NIV)
• Luke 6:48 (NLT)
1. FILL THEIR EMOTIONAL TANK WITH WORDS
Some of you know that the greatest loss of life in a hurricane is not the furious winds, but it's the storm surge. It's the inland flooding. We are in a series of how to storm proof our lives, our marriages, our families, our relationships from the natural stresses and storms that come into every life. I've noticed today that many relationships are drowning in what I call the flood of crisis because the inevitable crisis comes into every relationship. But, most marriages, most relationships, aren't ready to handle it and they break apart, they drown, they go under. I've asked my beautiful wife, Chris, my best friend, the love of my life, to help me out with the message today because she's the expert on how to handle the storm surge of stress that comes into our family. So give Chris a warm welcome.
CHRIS: Kerry's right. The storm surge of stress does come into every family. But somehow, most people have this misconception that pastor's families are excluded from that kind of stress. Most people think that if you drove by our house there would be praise music just emanating 24-7, that our kids never argue, never complain, but the reality is that we are just like you. We have all the stresses that come along with having a busy family. We are trying to also, like you, learn how to deal with that storm surge of stress.
KERRY: Our family took a group from the church on a tour of Greece this summer as we traced Paul's second missionary journey. It was a really moving, spiritual time, but I can tell you this, this people who were with us and lived with our family for 11 days know that we are very real. In fact, it was more like the Shook Family Reality Show for 11 days. They were saying, "We're stuck with the pastor and his family for 11 days." I think, fortunately, they loved us even more after it was all said and done. It was so awesome because every day they were always helping us so much as we were leading the group and I was doing the devotionals and the Bible studies. Everybody just kind of pitched in and helped my whole family get from one place to the next. They kind of lived our storm surge of stress with us for those 11 days and handled it so well.
CHRIS: Every morning on the trip we had a certain time that everyone needed to be ready and be at breakfast and go out touring for the day.