by Kerry Shook

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The Center of Attention (3 of 4)
Series: Rock Solid in a Shaky World
Pastor Kerry Shook
Matthew 6:33

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3 effects of a faulty center

• Frustration
• Fatigue
• Fragmentation

• Matt. 6:33 (NIV)


Place Christ at the ...


• Luke 12:16-21 (NIV)

• Prov. 3:9-10 (LB)


If you will take out your outlines from your program. We are in a series I am calling Rock Solid in a Shaky World as we are learning how to build our lives on the promises of God. What? Why are you looking at me like that? I'm in the wrong spot? Okay, so I'm all the way on the far left side of the stage and I'm not in the center of the stage. But what do you care? You look at the big screens anyway, don't you? Now, I have to admit it felt a little strange starting out the message on the far left side of the stage instead of being right in the center of the stage. It doesn't feel quite right when you are off center. I want to talk today about how we can center our lives because I learned early in my life that the center really does matter. In fact when my brother Mark and I were in grade school we decided to go on a workout program, a very strict nutritional and exercise program to get ready for football the next fall. We followed this routine religiously. We would come home from school every afternoon and then turn on the television and watch reruns of I Dream of Jeannie and Gilligan's Island. Then we would eat - these - Twinkies! Consists of a lot of nutritional value, but everyone who has eaten a Twinkie knows the best part about a Twinkie is, of course, the cream filled center. Just take a close-up look at that. Ooh. Does that make you hungry or what? The nutritional value of that cream filled center is amazing. Now, we loved Twinkies and we ate a lot of Twinkies that spring while we watched Gilligan's Island and the cream filled center was our favorite part. Just think about a Twinkie without the cream filled center. It wouldn't be a Twinkie, would it? It would taste terrible. Folks, the center matters. Now, needless to say, that workout training and nutritional regiment didn't quite prepare us for what we would experience on the first day of football practice that fall. In fact my brother Mark, on the first day of 7th grade football practice, went over to one of the kind and caring junior high coaches. Mark discovered after about 20 minutes that the nutritional value of the cream filled center of a Twinkie was minimal at best. After being in the scorching sun for 20 minutes he goes over to his coach and he says, coach, my stomach is filling a little upset. I feel like I might throw-up. Mark was expecting the coach to say, well, Mark, why don't you just sit down underneath that shade tree and relax?
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