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Mood! (3 of 5)
Series: Great Issues Of Life
Hebrews 12:1-3, 12-13, 18-24
INTRO: Picture these scenes: You're grocery shopping ... down aisle B you travel to the sounds of classical music…
You're in your favorite restaurant ... the lights are low; the corner table is yours as a violinist serenades you during your meal ... it's your anniversary and you actually remembered the right date - you even got your wife flowers!
You woke up with a headache ... the kids are screaming, schools out and they're bored at home ... the telephone just rang for the 5th call since 7 a.m., and the pot roast burnt about the same time you were trying to figure out why the washing machine quit mid cycle!
You just sat down to do your budget, your monthly income was up this month, almost $1,500 this month ... then the total for the bills comes to $1,750 for the same time period ... next morning the Pastor preaches on tithing!
You just discovered you are the winner of a $10,000 dollar sweepstakes ... and that afternoon in the mail you receive a letter from the IRS stating that a serious error had been found on previous tax forms ... the government owes you $5,000 dollars in returns ... then your husband comes home and announces he just got a huge raise and promotion that will require less work and less hours but with much more income ... the kids bring their reports cards home and they both have straight A's and the comments at the bottom says, "Model children!"
TRANS. SENT: Moods obviously affect to a great deal our behavior ... and our persistence in setting out to do something (or not do something!) ... thus it is important HOW we look at things in life, not just what we do with things!
PROP. SENT: The Bible teaches us to "guard our hearts and minds" ... to set out to deliberately fix our moods or attitudes toward Christ ... and stick to our faith! Christianity doesn't just happen to us ... we are active participants in the process and we deeply ...
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