by Kerry Shook

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Balance vs. Worry (2 of 4)
Series: Balance – Based on the 23rd Psalm
Pastor Kerry Shook

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• Psalm 23:1-3 (NASB)

• John 10:14, 27 (NIV)


“… My sheep know Me ….” John 10:14 (NIV)

A shepherd …

• Provides

• Protects

• Guides

• Corrects

“The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not want.” Vs. 2 (NASB)

“Cease striving and know that I am God.” Psalm 46:10a (NASB)



We're in a series on balance because in life you're either on the path to balance or the path to burnout, and it's a constant battle for balance in our lives because modern society is constantly pressuring us and trying to push us off the path to balance and onto the path that everyone else is going down. So if I'm going to balance life's demands, I have to battle to break free from thinking like everyone else is thinking, from acting like everyone else is acting, from going down the path everyone else is going down. And to balance my life the first thing I have to do is win the war over worry, because most people today are stressed out. They're at their breaking point because they're juggling so many responsibilities. They feel the pressure to perform and to produce or the pressure to please everyone and they're filled with worry and anxiety, and we're going to talk about how to overcome worry and balance our lives. But you need God and His power to win the war over worry. You can't do it in and of your own strength.

I want to show you a great illustration of trying to do something futile in and of your own strength. Now this last week I took several of our pastors, three of our satellite campus pastors and our student pastor down to Toyota Center to take on NBA All-Star Houston Rocket Dwight Howard, and Dwight was so gracious to take us on, and I'm sure he had been practicing for years to get ready for this amazing moment. The pressure was on him, but here's what happened. Just watch.

I got together a team of pastors and we went down to the Toyota Center and we took on NBA All-Star, super star, Rocket center Dwight Howard, and we didn't just take him on but we had to get ready and practice. I'm a pretty good basketball coach as well so I was a player/coach, best player on the team, best coach on the team and so you want to get your best people in the best places, and since I was the best player and the best coach then I have a dual role, and I had to get these guys in line. Pretty amazing talent though that I lined up for our team. In fact I want you to meet the players on Shook's All-Stars.

Dustin "Running Gun" Reitzel, one of the greatest point guards in the country, a top recruit. Cameron "The Question" Whitley. He is a bit of a question mark.
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