by Jeff Schreve

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The Secret to Loving Life (3 of 4)
Series: The Power of Giving
Pastor Jeff Schreve
1st Thessalonians 5:16-18

I was flipping around channels not too long ago, just kind of relaxing and vegging, and I was flipping around, and I flipped to a channel that had a masked magician. It was called "Magic's Biggest Secrets Revealed." Man, I started watching. It was so cool. They were spilling the beans on all the illusionists, all these guys that you see on television, how they did these tricks. You know, how, when they make the elephant just go away - how they do that. I mean, when you're watching that stuff, and you're thinking to yourself, There's no way. How are you going to make an elephant disappear? And the smoke comes, and the elephant's gone, and you just say, "How did this guy do that?" I'm mean, they're taking this poor assistant, this lady assistant, and they're cutting her in half. They're taking swords and they're sticking them in her head. And you're thinking, How does this happen? Now you know it's not real because, I mean, they have to pay a whole lot of money if you'd really get sawed in half. It would be like "I don't want to do that" the job description's no good. So we know it's not real, but we don't know how they do it.

Now in "Magic's Biggest Secrets Revealed," all of a sudden we find out as they do the illusion and then they do it again, but let you see all the things they're doing. They let you backstage. They show you the secret of how it's done. And I found myself saying, "Oh, that's how they do it. Wow! How ingenuous."

Now have you ever met a person who is so full of life, so full of joy, so full of excitement, yet that person might be going through terrible, horrible trials? And you say to yourself, How does this person do that? Man, if I was going through what they're going through, I'd be so down in the dumps. I'd be so depressed, so discouraged. I couldn't even get out of bed in the morning. And this person is rejoicing. How d ...

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