by James Merritt

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Series: Up Close And Personal
James Merritt
Isaiah 6


1. I am not much of a game show fan, but my all-time favorite is Jeopardy. If I ever became a teacher or a professor, Jeopardy would be the model that I would use to teach students. It makes learning fun. It is educational, challenging and makes you think.

2. So, we are going to play the game, but we are going to skip all the way to final Jeopardy. The category is ''Smarter Than A 5th Grader.'' Remember - you have to put your answer in the form of a question. The answer is ''By consensus the most brilliant person of the Twentieth Century.'' Good luck.

[Pastor's Note: A ''Jeopardy-style'' PowerPoint slide is included in your sermon support materials for this illustration. You may also want to use the ''Jeopardy-thinking'' music, which is available for download from iTunes.]

So your answer - Who is Albert Einstein? That is correct. I don't know how much money you put down on this, but it had better not be your tithe!

3. Albert Einstein is considered the most brilliant person of the Twentieth Century and one of the most brilliant people who ever lived. His Theory of Relativity, though now some have called into question, has formed the basis of how scientists viewed time and space for over a century. Yet for all his brilliance he said this, ''I do not believe in a personal God and I have never denied this, but have expressed it clearly. I believe in … [a] God who reveals himself in the orderly harmony of what exists, not in a God who concerns himself with the fates and actions of human beings''.

4. I am convinced that the single most important part of your life and mine is how we see God. Two sociologists from Baylor University surveyed almost 4000 adults in America and asked them about their views on God. They discovered that 9-out-of-10 Americans believe in God, but the way they picture God determines their attitudes on everything from economics to ju ...

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