by Kerry Shook

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Crash Course (1 of 3)
Series: Collision
Pastor Kerry Shook

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3 Causes of Life's Collisions

• A Collision of values

• A Collision of the unseen

• A Collision of wills

• Psalm 37:3-5 (NIV)


"Trust in the Lord and do good…."

• Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)


"Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart…."

The Hebrew word for delight is "anag"; a romantic term which means to "enjoy".

• Casual Christian

• Checklist Christian

• Psalm 51:12 (NASB)


When I was a kid one of my favorite toys was the SST Smash 'Em Up Derby Cars. They came with these big fly wheels in the middle and a rap cord. You would pull the rip cord, aim the cars at each other and there would be this massive collision. Parts would just fly everywhere. It was a glorious thing. When I think about these Smash 'Em Up Derby Cars, they were designed so you could easily put the parts back on and quickly have another demolition derby. Are there any children of the 70's here and you had a Smash 'Em Up Derby set? Raise your hand. Yeah, they were awesome. The marketing must have been great because I still remember the jingle that was in the commercial. Smash, bang, crash 'em up, put 'em back again. SST Smash 'Em Up Derby. Batteries not required. You can't get it out of your head. It was just so cool as a kid to be able to create a huge collision and then to be able to put all the pieces back together again, no damage done. I wish that's the way it was in life. But it's not so easy to put the pieces back together with life's crashes. Sometimes our lives get off track and we get on a collision course and we don't know how to put the brakes on. It usually starts with what we think as a time crunch. Our schedule gets overloaded, we feel overwhelmed, the walls start coming in, everything starts to collide and we just don't have enough time to get it all done. When that happens, the first thing to go off road is usually our relationships. We start skimming on relationships. Relationships take time. You can't skim on relationships. Before you know it you're emotional tank is running on empty and you've got nothing left to give. Eventually that will end in an emotional crash or a relational wreck. But we think our problem is a time management problem. I'm just not managing my time wisely, that's what it is. But no, that's just the surface issue. There is something much deeper going on.

Three Causes of Life's Collisions
In fact, there are three root causes of most of life's collisions. The first is what I call A Collision of values. Most of our scheduled collisions are really values collisions.
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