by Kerry Shook

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Gilligan's Island (1 of 5)
Series: Retro Vision: Getting Back to a Clear Life Purpose
Pastor Kerry Shook

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Vision is Multi-faceted

Vision gives Meaning

Vision gives Motivation


• Jer. 33:3 (The Msg)

• Jer. 29: 11-13 (NASB)

• Ps. 46:10 (NIV)



This is a poem that's really meant a lot to me over the last few years. I'm sure it means a lot to you. Just fill in the blank. You'll understand.

Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship
The mate was a mighty sailing man
The skipper brave and sure
Five passengers set sail that day
On a three hour tour

I knew you'd get it. Isn't that meaningful? My kids recently got a copy of the DVD of the complete second season of Gilligan's Island. It's been so much fun for me to watch them watching these episodes for the very first time. It's all brand new to them. I love the classic episodes of Gilligan's Island. I've got a question about Gilligan's Island that I've had for a very long time and it still haunts me to this day. That is, why did Mr. and Mrs. Howell and Ginger have all those clothes, that huge wardrobe when they knew they were just going on a three hour tour? Explain that one. There are a lot of things about Gilligan's Island that didn't make too much sense. But, let me ask you, did you ever see the episode where the castaways were just about to get off the island and right at the last minute, Gillian did something to botch it. Did you see that one? Oh, wait a minute, that was every episode. I'm sorry. It didn't matter what they did. It didn't matter what they tried. At the end of the 30 minutes they were always stranded on that deserted island. A lot of people today are stranded on the island of unfulfillment. They have cast away their dreams and they have no over-arching purpose in their life. That's why I'm starting a new series this weekend I'm calling Retro Vision. We are going to have a lot of fun looking at the classic television shows, but we are also going to dig deep in God's Word and learn some powerful truths about how to go back and get a clear, life vision and purpose. The key verse for our whole series is Proverbs 29:18. We are going to put it up on the screens right now. It's not in your notes. I want you to look up on the screens and I want you to read it out loud with me. "Where there is no vision the people parish." It's a powerful verse because it's saying if you don't have a clear vision for your life then you'll get into the rut of just existing instead of really living. You know what a rut is, don't you? A rut is simply a grave with both ends knocked out.
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