by Steve Jones

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Broken Heart (4 of 4)
Series: The Challenge of Gratitude
Steve Jones
Scripture: Selected Verses

INTRODUCTION: Today I want to begin with a short clip from the movie, "Jaws." In this clip, police Chief Brody, boat captain Quint, and oceanographer Hooper are pursuing the giant shark. Night falls and they begin to drink. As the night wears on, they begin to have a little contest of sorts, where they compare their SCARS. Finally, Hooper opens his shirt and points to his chest and says, "You see that? Mary Ellen Moffatt...she broke my heart."

That's a funny scene because Richard Dreyfus (Hooper) has such an infectious laugh and also because we can all relate. We CAN all relate, can't we?

We've ALL experienced a broken heart. The funny thing is that, while it's good that we can kind of joke about it, in reality a broken heart is no laughing matter. It may be the most agonizing and potentially debilitating calamity that a person can experience.

Maybe I should back up a little bit and define some terms. But before I do that, if you're a guest today you should know that we're in a November sermon series entitled "The Challenge of Gratitude." In this series we're taking a look at some of the circumstances and attitudes that challenge our determination to be grateful.

In the first message we laid a Biblical foundation that yes, God DOES expect us to be grateful. Ephesians 5:20 "Always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ." That's what we SHOULD be doing...but we don't always do that. Why don't we always do that? We don't always do that for different reasons. So we're looking at those reasons. In the second message we discussed the challenge of sickness. If you're SICK, dealing with chronic pain, physical limitations and such, it can be a challenge to be grateful. So we talked about six ways to be grateful even when you're sick. Last week, in our third message of this series, we took a loo ...

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