by Kerry Shook

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Fresh Popcorn (3 of 3)
Series: It's Personal: Doing Life with God
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Rom. 12:2 (NIV)

Biblical meditation produces a personal renewal

• Psalms 1:1-3 (NIV)

The Benefits of Meditation

• A secure mind

• A productive life

• A fresh faith



Doesn't that smell good? I mean, you've gotta love fresh-popped popcorn. How many of you want a bag? Sorry! I don't have enough. I'm not Jesus. I can't feed the 5,000, so uh... The other Chris and I went to the movies, and I got in line to get popcorn, and as I was waiting in line I remembered the last time I was at that theater I got some really stale popcorn. It was all the burnt hulls and kernels at the bottom of the machine, and so as I was in line, I'm sort of praying that when I get up to the front that it will be fresh, because no amount of fake liquid butter can overcome stale popcorn. And that fake liquid butter is really good stuff. I mean, it's gotta be terrible for you. It's probably liquid cholesterol, but it tastes great, and I just drench it in that, but I'm praying that when I get to the front of the line that I'll hear that awesome continuous popping sound and see those big, white, fluffy kernels just filling up the glass case, and then the attendant will take my tub and just scoop up all that hot, freshly popped, perfect popcorn and give it to me. And when I got to the front of the line, sure enough God's hand of favor was on me, because the popcorn just exploded in the machine and filled it up with the fresh-popped popcorn. So who would like a tub of the fresh-popped popcorn that I just made. This is really good stuff. Now the interesting thing was when the attendant asked me, "What can I get for you?", and I said, "One large popcorn". Instead of going to the machine that was right behind him that had the fresh popcorn, there was a couple of people around that, so he went to the farthest machine, and he scooped up this nasty mess of burnt hulls and kernels and brought the tub over to me and handed it to me, but I'm like, no sir, not this time. I will wait here while you take that tub of trash corn and dumb it out and fill mine up with the fresh stuff. I mean, if I'm going to eat something that bad for me, it's gonna taste good. So who would like this popcorn? There you go. Yeah! You bet. Sorry I don't have the fake butter. Faith is a lot like popcorn. A faith that is fresh is the only kind of faith that is appealing and life-changing. A stale faith is not appealing to anyone, but there are times in every Christ follower's life where we start to allow our faith to go stale. We start relying on old commitments or past experiences rather than a fresh encounter with the personal, living God.
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