by Ron Clarkson

Rise Above the Ordinary
"Don't Come Up Short"
Ron Clarkson
March 17, 1991

Good morning and welcome to Oakdale. This morning we are beginning our Easter Series entitled "Rise Above the Ordinary." Easter is only two weeks away! It is an exciting season, yet also a reflective time of year. I hope you will join us in the upcoming weeks for our Palm Sunday, Good Friday and Easter Services. They will be special and I encourage you to invite some friends or relatives to Join us here as we begin to celebrate Easter.

This morning we are going to look at how to keep from coming up short! But before we do, join me in prayer.


Opening Illus.: A common fear that many people have is reaching the end of their life and coming up short. For some it's a financial fear, so they buy IRAs and plan for retirement. For some it's a personal or emotional fear they have, so they seek a relational or emotional IRA in life. This past week this advertisement from Chicago Magazine landed in my in basket at the office. I've never seen anything quite like it. It is a personal ad, but not the typical "lonely, loveable guy looking for any interested female." He says in this full page ad that 50 words or less can't do him justice.: Article:

This guy has everything, self admittedly, yet he knows there is a piece of the puzzle missing from his life and he is hoping that he finds the right piece and it fits just right to give him the complete picture.

Transition: This morning we are looking at a guy who also knew he was missing a piece of the puzzle in his life, and he recognized that he was continuing to come up short in his life - in more ways than one.

Read: vss. 1-3

It is obvious that Zaccheaus had some unanswered questions in his life. He had questions that centered around who and what this Jesus character was about. We aren't certain at what level Zaccheaus was searching. Maybe he was just curious, not very interested but had this peculiar little feeling or vo ...

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