by Kerry Shook

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Awakening (1 of 4)
Series: CUL-DE-SAC: Keeping The Suburbs From Stealing Your Soul
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Romans 12:1-2 (NIV)


The Greek Word for transformed is metamorphosis which means changed from the inside out.

• Romans 12:2 (The Msg)

• The antidote is stillness

"Instead, fix your attention on God...." (V. 2)

"Be still, and know that I am God...." Ps. 46:10 (NKJV)

"He makes me lie down in green pastures; He leads me beside the still waters. He restores my soul...." Ps. 23:2-3a (NKJV)


• The antidote is solitude


Good morning. How are you doing today? I want you to first give a warm Fellowship of The Woodlands welcome to our international television audiences and let them know you are glad they are here. I live on a cul-de-sac in the suburbs and I like it. Around me there are nice schools, there are nice churches, there are nice parks, there are nice restaurants, there are nice Starbucks, all the things that make life worth living. There are also nice houses filled with nice families who have nice dogs and nice cats and nice hamsters and nice goldfish. But just underneath the surface of all this niceness, it's not always so nice. I was at my ten year old son's basketball game the other day and one of the dads started yelling at the coach. Every forgets that a Little League coach is just a dad who has volunteered to spend hours with our kids so the rest of us losers can just show up for games and criticize the coach. I thought the coach handled it pretty well. He stood up and he said, "You cheer for your son; I'll coach the game." Then at the end of the game, that we won, the coach pulled all the kids together in order to give them their treat and a little pep talk, that dad came right back up to the coach and got right in his face and started yelling at the top of his lungs. I thought they were going to come to blows, but the coach, in order for it not to escalate, just took his kid and left. Then all the parents, we just grabbed our kids and we left. But I noticed the dad's son was just looking down at his feet totally humiliated and I thought another cul-de-sac casualty. On the way home I said, "Steven, I'm so sorry that that happened. That was really bad." He said, "Yeah, we didn't get our snack." Kids have a lot better perspective then we parents do. But, unfortunately, I've seen that scene played out over and over again at Little League games and other venues. I was thinking about some friends of ours who just found out their teenage son has a terminal disease. I thought compared to that what is a Little League game anyway? How important is it really? Well, it's important because my kid is in it. That's why it's important, but otherwise it's just not that important.
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