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Stand (1 of 6)
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• Secularism feeds the giant of hopelessness
• Materialism feeds the giant of purposelessness
• Hedonism feeds the giant of emptiness
Your destiny is determined by where you stand in the defining moments of your life
"For forty days the Philistine came forward every morning and evening and took his stand."
1 Sam. 17:16 (NIV)
"I believe in Christ as I believe that the sun has risen, not only because I see it, but by it I see everything else." C. S. Lewis
• 1 Sam. 17:32-37 (NLT)
In your defining moment don't be afraid to ...
1. STAND OUT AND REFLECT GOD'S GREATNESS
"But when David's oldest brother, Eliab, heard David talking like that, he was angry. 'What are you doing around here, anyway?' he demanded. 'What about the sheep you're supposed to be taking care of? I know what a cocky brat you are; you just want to see the battle!'" 1 Sam. 17:28 (LB)
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2. STAND UP AND PROCLAIM GOD'S GREATNESS
• 1 Sam. 17:45-47 (NLT)
I believe we stand at the most critical defining moment in our nation's history, and I'm not talking about the presidential election less than a month away. Presidential elections are always extremely important, and for sure our nation stands at a political crossroads. But what I'm talking about is something even more important, for our nation stands at a spiritual crossroads. The Pew Research Firm did a survey where they found that 26% of young people between the ages of 18 and 30 have no religion. So the fastest growing religion among the millennial generation is no religion. It's the largest percentage of any generation in American history. Of the millennial generation only 40% of them say that faith is an important part of their lives. Only 27% say they believe the Bible is the word of God. For you see there is a battle going on for the soul of this next generation, and there are some powerful forces coming against them.
Secularism feeds the giant of hopelessness
There are powerful forces of secularism. Those are the voices that say that God has no place in the public square and just be quiet about your faith; but secularism leaves a giant vacuum that is filled quickly by hopelessness. For secularism feeds the giant of hopelessness. I mean take God out of the equation, and what's the point? There is no hope. If we're just here by accident, then why get up in the morning? There's no point to life.
Materialism feeds the giant of purposelessness
But then there's another powerful force, the forces of materialism -- the voices that tell our kids the more you have the happier you'll be because your net worth equals your self-worth.