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Sermon July 10 2013

Sermon July 10 2013

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Published by: Chain of Lakes Church on Jul 23, 2013
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Tonight I’m continuing a sermon series called faith lessons for life. This summer we’relooking at ten basic faith lessons that can help us navigate our journey of life. We’ve used thegame of life as a way to get into each lesson. In this handout is a Life Card that shares biblicalteachings on the faith lesson. If you would like to take notes I encourage you to use the whitesheet of paper on the table. Tonight’s faith lesson is “Discovering Simplicity in a complicatedworld.”My grandmother, my mom’s mom, was born in 1914—which means she’ll be 99 thisSeptember. I don’t think any of us would argue that the world is much more complicated than itwas compared to 99 years ago.For one you and I are overloaded with information. There was a study done by MartinHilbert from USC. He determined that you and I receive the equivalent of a certain number of newspapers each day. He determined the amount of information in one newspaper and thendetermined how much information we receive each day.Who thinks we receive the amount of information that makes up10 newspapers50 newspapers174 newspapersWe receive enough information each day to fill up 174 newspapers. Since July 4
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last week youand I—if we are average and I believe that everyone at Chain of Lakes is above average—we’rereceived enough information to fill over 1,200 newspapers.If you wonder why you feel overwhelmed that’s why you feel overwhelmed.I don’t think in 1914, the year my grandmother was born—that people receivedinformation to fill up 1,200 newspapers every week.
 
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Life was simpler in 1914. Think about how people communicated with each other in1914. Face-to-face. They didn’t have E-mail, they didn’t have texts, they didn’t have snap-chat —you only know what snap-chat is if you are or are about to have a teenager.People would call on the phone in 1914. Not reallyThe phone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. According to one web sitethat I trust the national average of phone usage in 1923 was 13.1 percent. .In 1914 people visited each other. They saw each other face-to[-face.How do we communicate with people today?We can call them. But what phone number do we use? How many different phones doyou use. We might have a cell phone number or a home phone number of maybe a work phonenumber.What happens if the person isn’t there. Leave a message. What happens if the persondoesn’t check their messages.Send an E-mail. Which E-mail account do we use? Think about how many E-mailaccounts that you have. The average person has three E-mail accounts. I have four. I onlycheck two of them. What happens if the person doesn’t check their E-mail.Facebook messages. Put something on their wall. Send a Facebok messageWhat happens if they aren’t on Facebook or don’t check Facebook.Send the person a text.Send the person a Twitter message.My daughter communicates on yelp—it’s a messaging service. She also communicateson Snapchat. There’s more ways to communicate
 
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Add this up—we can phone—one of the three numbers, E-mail—one of the four E-mails,, Facebok, Facebook message, text, Twitter, yelp, Snapchat.It’s complicated.Or we could just go over and see the person un-announced.Whatever happened to simplicity!! Somewhere in the last 99 years we becameaccustomed to living in a complicated world. There are days when we just say, “Lord, can it just be simple.”Even simplicity is not simple. .I can give you a simple program for almost any important issue of our life.Take finances. I don’t have training in personal finance, but I can give you a simple personal finance program that will work. It’s called the 10/10/no program.Give ten percent of our money awaySave ten percent of our moneyDon’t accumulate any credit card debtI’m not a personal finance person, but I can almost guarantee that if you follow that program— whose name I just invented—you will do fine.It’s a simple. It’s not that simple, is it?I’m guessing that most of us have struggled with our weight during our lifetime. ThoughI’m not a dietician I can give you a simple program for losing weight. If we eat less than 2,000calories a day and exercise 30 minutes a day four days a week we will lose weight.Simple, right. It’s not that simple.

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