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Connected: Blindsided by The Miracle of Community (3 of 3)
Series: Blindsided by an Unpredictable God
Pastor Kerry Shook
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• John 13:5 (NIV)
1. REDEFINE GREATNESS BY FOCUSING ON RELATIONSHIPS
• John 13:14 (NIV)
• Connect in community
• Serve in community
2. WHEREVER YOU ARE, BE ALL THERE
• Psalm 46:10 (NIV)
There are certain events that are so big and so stunning they sort of connect all of our lives together. There are those events where we remember where we were and what we were doing when we were blindsided by it. For the generation before mine it was the JFK assassination. I mean, everyone who was alive at that time can remember where they were and what they were doing when they heard the tragic news. For my generation it was the space shuttle Challenger disaster. As we had been lulled to sleep by the success of the space program and we thought there was no longer any risk for space flight, and then we were blindsided by this tragedy that took the lives of several astronauts and one school teacher, Christa McAuliffe, and we all who were there remember where we were and what we were doing when we saw that on the television. Now for this generation it was 9/11, and for all of us 9/11. I remember driving in The Woodlands listening to the stunning news on the radio as one of the towers was falling and just being in shock. Then I came to a stop light, and I looked at the car next to me, and the woman who was driving had tears just streaming down her cheeks, and for just a brief moment our eyes connected, and for a brief moment our whole nation was connected in grief and in resolve. There are certain tragic events that connect us all together, but there was one event that connected our whole nation together that had nothing to do with the tragedy. In fact, it was a great triumph. At the Winter Olympics we celebrate the 30th anniversary of this great event. We have to go back to 1980. We were right in the middle of the cold war that was growing everyday as we faced a very aggressive Soviet threat that was real and all around us, but not everything was serious back in 1980. In fact, one of the top-selling albums in 1980 was Christopher Cross', "Sailing". How many of you remember that, and you'll admit it. Yeah! Easy listening and very cheesy. John Belushi and Dan Ankroyd had the number one box office smash at the movies, "The Blues Brothers". But you know, not everything was fun in 1980 as well.