Uprising (2 of 4) by Kerry Shook

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Uprising (2 of 4)
Series: CUL-DE-SAC: Keeping The Suburbs From Stealing Your Soul
Pastor Kerry Shook

(Kerry Shook) When you look at this pile of scrap all around me, you're probably thinking what I'm thinking. I'm surrounded by junk. But, one man's trash is another man's treasure. And, I'm here at a foundry where they take what looks like junk, all this scrap metal, and they separate what they can use from what they can't use, and then they melt it down and they make it into something useful - cast iron. The people who operate this place look at all of this and they see treasure. You and I may look at this and see junk, but they see value because they know how much it's worth. And, many times I think God looks at me and He doesn't see treasure at all. He just sees all the junk that I've allowed into my life. We allow so much junk into our lives and it hurts our relationships and it makes a mess of our lives. But, when God looks at you, He looks not at what you are but what you can become. When the owners of this place look at all of this that I may call junk, they look at it and they see value. They see treasure. And, when God looks at you, He sees value. He sees treasure. Too many times as we go through life, it gets so hectic and stressful, and we just collect a lot of clutter in our souls and we feel a discontentment, a restlessness in our souls, and what God wants to do is make you know that you are totally loved just the way you are. But, He loves you too much to let you stay that way. You see what they have to do here at the foundry is separate the trash - really the aluminum and the things that they can't turn into cast iron - from what we would call junk, that's really iron and valuable. And so they separate all the trash from the treasure, and that's what God wants to do in our lives. He really wants to separate the trash from the treasure. He wants to unclutter your soul, because our souls get so junked up and God looks at our ...

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