by Kerry Shook

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Packed House (1 of 2)
Series: Crowded
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Luke 5:18-20; 24-26 (NIV)


• Luke 5:19 (NIV)

The Clarifying Question:

"If you knew you had one month to live, how would you live your life?"

• Realize what's important

• Remove the obstacles



How many of you feel right now like you don't have enough time to get everything done by the end of the day? Raise your hand. How many are just too tired to raise your hand? Raise your hand, yeah. That's why I'm starting a new series today that we all need I'm calling Crowded. It's how to create margin to our overloaded lives. Dr. Richard Swenson in his landmark book "Margin" says margin is the difference between your load and you limit. The less margin you have in life the more stress you'll experience in your life. I want us to go ahead and put up our key verse for the whole series on the screens and I want you just to read this verse out loud with me. It's a powerful verse. Are you having trouble reading it? That's because there is no margin. There's no space between the words. A life without margin is just like this. Without margin, without space, sentences are chaotic and incomprehensible and a life without margin is chaotic and incomprehensible. So go ahead and put a little margin, a little space, in that verse. There we go. Now we can read it out loud. So go ahead and read it out loud with me. "Cease striving and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." When I see striving and I put a little margin and space in my life it all makes sense again. Just like this passage. When you give it a little margin and a little space it all makes sense. But most of us live our lives without any margin at all. We have no margin physically. We don't get enough rest. We don't eat right and exercise. We have no margin in our schedules. Our calendars are crowded. We have no margin in our finances. We just live from paycheck to paycheck. We have absolutely no margin in our lives and we wonder why we feel so stressed. Speaking of crowded, I came across a little house this week that's really crowded in a very unusual way. Just watch.


I've asked my best friend, my wife, Chris, to help me out with the message today because there is nobody that I know who's better at balancing a hectic schedule then Chris is. So Chris, thanks for helping.

CHRIS: Well, Kerry and I sure don't have it all figured out. We're just fellow strugglers, but we would like to share with you this morning some principles that have really helped us in just managing our every day lives. Let's get right into it.
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