by Jim Perdue

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When Rules Replace Relationships (4 of 7)
Series: Accidental Pharisees
Jim Perdue
Luke 9:49-50

Tonight, we continue our Sunday evening series entitled Accidental Pharisees. This series is intended to help us all examine our hearts. To look beyond our outward appearances, actions, and pretenses - and to discover our desires, affections, and motives.

This evening we'll look at Matthew 12:9-14 as we think about the subject, When Rules Replace Relationships. Many Christians love their routines and rituals more than they love Jesus. I know that sounds harsh but it's really true. Many people fall in love with the way they like church, or the way they like music, or the way they like preaching, or the way they like Sunday School. But they never fall in love with Jesus.

The Christian life was never intended to be a list of rules. It was never meant to be a list of do's and don'ts. But sadly, many of us have turned it into a religious ritual instead of a real relationship with Jesus. That's exactly what the Pharisees did. READ TEXT - PRAY

My wife is a rule-follower. In fact, she's one of the best rule-followers I know. She is detailed, organized, administrative, and on top of things. And, to her credit, she is pretty much always right about everything. I can't tell you how many times I've tried to do something and she has saved me from making a big mess because she read the directions and I didn't. In fact, she always reads the directions. She pays attention to the warning labels. She's a smart lady.*

Reading instructions and warning labels can be a very good thing. But sometimes, you know as well as I do, these warning labels and instructions are ridiculous.

Dremel Electric Rotary Tool: This product not intended for use as a dental drill. Sleeping Pills ?Warning: May cause Drowsiness. Mattress Warning: Do not attempt to swallow. Children's Superman Costume Wearing of this garment does not enable you to fly. Boot's Children's cough medicine: Do no ...

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