by Kerry Shook

This content is part of a series.

Bonanza (4 of 5)
Series: Retro Vision: Getting Back to a Clear Life Purpose
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Prov. 29:18 (KJV)

• Ex. 3:4 (NLT)


• Ex. 3:8,10 (NLT)

• The Fence of my Faults

• Ex. 4:10 (NLT)

• The Fence of my Fears

• Ex. 4:1 (NIV)

• Ex. 3:11, 14 (NIV)


We are in a series that I'm calling Retro Vision. We are having a lot of fun looking at the classic television shows of the past. But, more importantly, we are looking at how to get back at a clear, life vision. So, if you'll take your outlines out of your program you'll see that our key verse for the whole series is Proverbs 29:18. "Where there is no vision, the people perish ...." Where there is no vision, the people perish, but the opposite is also true. Where there is vision, people flourish. When you have a clear vision for your life, you flourish. You not only survive, but you thrive in life. You can tell that we've decorated the stage this week Western style because one of my favorite shows as a kid was Bonanza. I mean, every young boy had to love Bonanza. I liked all the westerns, but especially the one with Ben Cartwright and his three sons, Adam, Hoss and Little Joe. They were the pioneers of the West and their adventures took place on a 500,000 acre spread called the Ponderosa. The Ponderosa was somewhere in Nevada. I'm not exactly sure where it was in Nevada because someone had always burned the map before I could read it at the beginning of the show. But I love Bonanza. I guess as a kid I dreamed of being a cowboy like every other young boy. John Eldredge in his book, Wild At Heart says this. There is a reason the American Cowboy has taken on mythic proportions. He embodies the yearning every man knows from very young. To figuratively go west, to find a place where he can be all he knows he was meant to be. You see, we all have a longing in our hearts that was placed there by our Creator, to figuratively go west, to that place where we are fully alive, being all that we were meant to be. Every one of us knows intuitively that God has placed us here on this earth for a grand plan, but we so quickly fall into the rut of meaningless existence. Just going through the motions of life, not really living, but just existing. Sort of sleep walking through life until God has to give us a wake up call and wake us up with a God-sized vision that He has for us. That's exactly what He did for Moses. You remember Moses, don't you? Moses, at a point in time in his life was wandering around in the desert tending sheep. He was sort of going through the motions of life. He was just existing and not really living.
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