by Kerry Shook

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Digging Deep (3 of 3)
Series: Iceberg
Pastor Kerry Shook

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A friend of mine from Denver, Colorado came in this week and he said you guys in Houston have it made this time of year. You don't have to shovel snow every morning. It's been kind of a wild winter in Colorado. They've already had two or three blizzards and he said that sometimes he'll wake up and there will be two to three feet of snow in his driveway that he'll have to shovel. Then, after he shovels the snow, he feels pretty good, but the next morning he gets up and there is more snow that he has to shovel. Do you ever feel like that in life? Like you are trying to dig your way out of a hole? Like you're being buried in an avalanche of stress and you just can't find your way out? Every day you are shoveling to get rid of problems and pressure and stress and to get everything done, but it seems like the more you shovel, the bigger the pile gets. No where do we experience more stress than the area of finances. Studies show that over half of all arguments in marriage are over financial stress. The number one cause of divorce is financial stress. Maybe you feel like your money just melts away and you don't know where it all goes or maybe you feel like you're being buried in an avalanche of debt and you just can't see a way out or maybe you're making more money then you've ever made, but you're having more stress then you've ever had in your life. We're in a series that I'm calling Iceberg. It's how to really live beyond the surface. We have to dig deep beneath the surface to find financial peace and provision. How many of you like to watch those Discovery Channel shows about Mount Everest? I'm just fascinated by them. I'm so intrigued by people who will risk it all to reach the highest place on earth. These guys will fight 40 to 50 degree below zero wind chill factors and their hands and toes will be frost bitten and they'll barely be able to breathe, but they'll still be trying to make it to the top. I'm sitting there watching, eating my Twinkie, just feeling exhausted. I feel like I'm right there with them risking my life with them. Mount Everest is over 29,000 feet tall, but when you reach 26, 250 feet you've entered into what they call the death zone. That's that area where the altitude is so high that it can't sustain human life. The body can't get acclimated to such a low level of oxygen, so if you stay in the death zone too long you die. If you get into trouble in the death zone there is nothing they can really do for you because it puts all the others climbers at risk so they just leave you there.
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