by Jeff Schreve

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The Secret to Kingdom Power (4 of 7)
Series: The Shadow of the Almighty
Pastor Jeff Schreve
Matthew 8:5-13

When I was in the third grade I can remember vividly an assignment that our teacher gave us. And it was kind of a competition math assignment, she handed out this paper, she said "Nobody turn it over." She had it with the blank side up so you couldn't see. And she said "This is going to be a competition I am going to see who can finish this assignment first." And she said "Now here are the directions before you start these math problems read through all the directions." And she said "And we'll start now and as soon as you're done put it on my desk, so we start now." So I flip it over and it was about 10 math problems and they were just multiplication and subtraction and addition things like that. So I am working through the first problem. And I am like, I want to win everything that I do and so I am working through trying to win. And all of a sudden I finish problem 1 and I am on to problem 2 there is 10 of them. I am on problem 2; Natalie gets up, and turns in her paper. Oh, she is smart but she is not that much smarter than I am. And I couldn't believe it so I am working even harder and then all of a sudden Julie gets up and turns in her paper. Now Julie wasn't very smart so I was kinda of frustrated with that and then Lisa, it's like 4 or 5 girls turn in their paper and then some guys turn in their paper and I am sitting there, I am on number 4, number 5. You know I am half way through thinking what happened to me; and then the teacher said with a smile "You remember class, I told you to read all the instructions." And so as I read through the whole paper at the bottom it said "This is a test to see how well you follow directions. All you have to do is sign your name at the top and turn it in." Drag, I didn't win that competition. You know I thought reading instructions, that's for losers I am just ready to do the problems. You know and I stressed a ...

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