by Jeff Schreve

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Life Goes On (1 of 4)
Series: A New Normal
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Joshua 1:1-3

When I was 12 years old my family moved from Los Altos California to Houston Texas. I didn't want to move I was getting ready to go into 7th grade I liked my school I liked my friends I liked my life but I didn't really have a choice. My Dad was transferred to Houston and we had to go and so we moved. We moved in August, I had never been out of California at that time. We landed at Houston Intercontinental Airport. And in those days you'd have to walk outside to get to the actual terminal. And when we hit the air in Houston in August, as a 12 year-old, I had never encountered humidity. It was as if we had landed in someone's armpit. It was just like, "Yikes! What is wrong with this place?" And I had to go to a new house. And I had to go to new surroundings. And I had to make new friends. And I had to go to a new school. And I was nervous. And I was scared. And I had been there about 2 weeks, and I said, "I miss my old house, and I miss my old friends, and I miss my old school, and I want my old life back." Can you relate to that?

We're starting a new series today entitled, "A New Normal: Dealing with the Changes of Life." Life changes, have you figured that out? Have you also noticed the fact that most of us don't like change? I mean, a few do, but the vast majority in this service, watching on television, listening on the radio, we don't really like change.

Have you heard the old jokes about changing a light bulb? You know, church people don't like change. Somebody came up with these stories and jokes about church people changing a light bulb:

How many southern gospel singers does it take to change a light bulb? Five: one to change it and a quartet to sing about how much they long for the old one.

How many charismatics does it take to change a light bulb? Ten: one to change the bulb and nine to pray against the spirit of darkness.

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