by Kerry Shook

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X2: X-Men United (3 of 4)
Series: Summer Blockbusters
Pastor Kerry Shook

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X-Men are...

1. Men Who Put Integrity Over Image

"So then, my brothers, because of God's great mercy to us...offer yourselves as a living sacrifice to God, dedicated to his service and pleasing to him. Do not conform outwardly to the standards of this world, but let God transform you inwardly by a complete change of your mind...." Rom. 12:1,2 (GN)

2. Men Who Put People Over Profits

"As a father has compassion on his children, so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him." Ps. 103:13 (NIV)

"The Lord is near to all who call on him...." Ps. 145:18 (NIV)


Well, today is Father's Day. We celebrate the most important day of the year. Not quite! To show us how we stack up, guys, compared to the ladies, on Mother's Day there are more long distance phone calls made than any other day of the year. But on Father's Day there are more collect calls made than any other day of the year. Now I've been real blessed to have a great Dad who really modeled for me what it was like to be a real man, and what it's like to be a father. And I'm so thankful for that. But yet there's one thing he never taught me that I think fathers should teach kids, and that's how to fish. I think it goes back to the only time he ever took my brother and sister and I fishing. It was in the middle of the summer. I was seven or eight years old. It was extremely hot, and I just remember him trying to always untangle our lines. And he had to bait all our hooks because we didn't want to touch the bait. And finally when Dad couldn't take it any longer, he said, "Kids, I don't think the fish are biting. Let's go home." Well, we went up to the car. He opened up the trunk, and I tried to hand him my rod and reel, but I hooked him in the back. It went right through his shirt, right into his skin. I mean - the only thing I caught all day was my Dad. And I said, "Dad, I'm so sorry. Let me help you!" And he said, "Don't touch me. I can get it out myself. Just hold the car keys, Kerry." He gave me the car keys, and then he proceeded to take the hook out of his flesh. It took him a while, and when he finally got it out, he put all the tackle into the trunk. He slammed the trunk shut, and he said, "Okay, Kerry, give me the keys." I said, "Uh, I put it in the trunk." We had to walk five miles to the nearest gas station, and the strange thing was my Dad didn't say a word during those five miles. He held it all in. Then we got to the gas station. He called my mom, and he said - he told her the whole story. The first question she asked was, "Honey, were you patient with the kids?" - to which he finally lost it. He exploded, and he said, "Even Job would have jumped in the lake!"
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