by Rick White

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I Have a Dream (6 of 6)
How Much Do We Favor God?
Charting Our Course: Declaring Our Purpose For The 21st Century
Rick White
Matthew 16:13-18, Acts 2:42-47, Prov. 29:18

Introduction: Weddings are staged to be beautiful events. Robert Fulghum writes of one mother who had seven months to plan her daughter's wedding, and no detail was overlooked. Anything that could be engraved was engraved. She arranged teas, showers, and dinners. An eighteen-piece brass and wind ensemble was hired for the occasion. The bride's wish list for home furnishings was registered in stores as far east as New York and as far south as Atlanta. Not only were the bridesmaids' outfits made to order, but the groom and his groomsmen bought their tuxedos. They did not rent them, mind you, they bought them.

The wedding day finally arrived. Everything had been planned, and nothing had been left to chance. Guests in formal attire arrived and began to fill the church. Enough candles were lit to light up Manhattan. The orchestra played beautifully. The mother of the bride coasted down the aisle like a performer at an opera. You could see the look of satisfaction on her face. She had pulled off perfection, and everyone who was anyone to her was there to see it.

The nine bridesmaids entered then the groom and his men took their places. The wedding march thundered and in came the bride. Every head turned. Once the bride reached the front of the church, she looked to her left, looked to her right, and then promptly vomited all over her dress, her ring bearers, her flower girls, and perhaps most fittingly, all over her mother! [A Search For The Spiritual, James Emery White, pp.99-100.]

It was a dream that turned into a nightmare! I believe there is some point in life where we all have dreams. It may come during days of childhood, adolescence, or adulthood. I hope that most of us are still carrying a dream within our hearts today regarding something that is very special and significant to ...

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