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Blown Away by God's Grace (9 of 11)
Series: Arise and Build
Pastor Jeff Schreve
If you have your Bibles, please turn to Nehemiah chapter 9. If you're not sure where Nehemiah 9 is, just go to Psalms and take a left and you'll come it in just a few books. We've been in the book of Nehemiah for the last, ah, 9 or 10 weeks, and we're been going through this book and learning some great things. And today, I want to talk to you about this subject: "Blown Away by God's Grace."
Have you ever been blown away with something; I mean, just totally blown away? The phrase blown away literally means "to affect someone emotionally in an overwhelming way." It's just like "Wow!" to be blown away.
I heard about a guy who went on a subway. He sat down, plopped down next to a priest. And this guy smelled like a brewery. His clothes were tattered and soiled. He had lipstick stains on his collar. He had a half-drunk bottle of gin in his ripped pocket. And he sat down next to the priest and he began to read the paper. And, then, he leaned over to the priest after a few minutes and he says, "Hey, father, do you know what causes arthritis?" The priest looked at him and kind of looked him up one side, down the other. He said, "Yeah, I'll tell you what causes arthritis. It's from too much alcohol. It's from loose living. It's from spending your time with wild and wicked women. It's from no self-respect. It's from contempt for your fellow man. That's what causes arthritis." The man said, "Whoa, I had no idea," and he goes back to reading his paper.
Then the priest feels convicted. And so he nudges the guy and he said, "You know, I, I'm sorry if I came on too strong. Ah, how, how long have you had arthritis?" He said, "Oh, I don't have arthritis, but I was reading here that the Pope does".
To be blown away. Now I think both those guys were now blown away, right? Wow! You know, whenever I think of being blown away, I have in my mind the scene from "Back to ...
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