by Kerry Shook

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When It Rains It Pours (2 of 3)
Series: Defining Moments: Choosing The Right Path at the Fork in the Road
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Matt. 8:23-24 (NLT)


• Matt. 8:25-26 (NLT)


• Matt. 8:26-27 (NLT)


Let me ask you a question. Is rain a good thing or a bad thing? Well, it all depends on your perspective. If you are on a vacation on the beach and it rains for five days straight you would probably say rain is a bad thing. But, on the other hand, if you're my 12 or 13 year old boys, and it's your day to mow the lawn and it pours down rain, you would probably say rain is a very good thing. Now rain usually doesn't bother us too much because we know that rain is a pretty good thing. I mean, without rain the plants wouldn't grow. Without rain, the grass wouldn't be green. Without rain there would be no living things. So, we know that rain is a good thing because we can easily see the benefits of rain. We can easily see the purposes of rain. But what happens when the rain doesn't stop? When it keeps pouring down and it starts to flood? What happens when you add the wind and you have a full-blown storm? Well, that does bother us because we don't understand and we don't see the benefits of a destructive storm. We don't see the purpose and the benefits of a terrible storm. Well, let me step out of the rain and let me ask you a question. Another question today that I think is an important question to ask is, "How do you handle the storms of life?" How do you handle the storms of life? I'm not talking about a pleasant shower or a little dripping rain, I'm talking about when the bottom drops out, the wind starts howling and when the waves crash against your boat kind of storm. How do you handle those kinds of storms? The storms that you don't cause in life? How do you handle those storms? I want you to take out your outlines from your program. If you'd like you can open up your Bibles to Matthew 8. We are going to look at a storm the disciples faced today. Let me ask you another question. How many of you have ever gotten a speeding ticket? Be honest, you are in church. Raise you hands, raise them high and keep them up. Be proud of the fact. Wow, this is a fast church. I knew that. I had a feeling that was the case. Well, your pastor has to confess something to you this morning. I have to admit that recently I was driving to one of my kids schools to do an early morning Bible study for the teachers and I was in a hurry, was running late, and the policeman stopped me for going 40 in a 30 mph zone. Well, 44 in a 30 mph zone, but, he pulled me over and he said, "Sir, what's your hurry today?" I thought, "Wait a minute.
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