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Ah, The Good Life!

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I am the gate. Anyone who enters through Me, will be safe: he will go freely in and out and be sure of finding pasture
Acts 2:14,36-41; Psalms 23:1-6; 1 Peter 2:20-25; John 10:1-10

Sermon Week Fourth Sunday of Easter Cycle A

Scripture Summary John 10:9

A wealthy silicon valley executive decided to take a vacation to a remote island so he could "hit the reset button" and clear his head. One afternoon while strolling along the beach he was intrigued by the site of a fisherman, lying idly beside his boat. "Why aren't you out fishing?" the executive inquired. "Because I have caught enough fish for the day," the man explained. "But why don't you go out to catch some more? It's still early in the day." "What would I do with more fish?" the fisherman wondered. "You could earn more money," the executive explained, "and then you could buy a bigger boat and you could go into deeper waters and catch more fish. This would provide you with enough money to buy nylon nets which would bring you even more fish, and more money. Soon you would have enough money to own two boats ... maybe even a fleet of boats. Then you would be a wealthy man, just like me." "What would I do then?" the fisherman asked. "Why then you could begin to experience the good life," the executive assured him. Whereupon the fisherman brought the lecture to abrupt end by saying, "What do you think I'm doing right now?"

In very evocative language, Christian author C.S. Lewis describes the "good life" as he felt it from within. He began, "We really do not have the slightest notion of the tremendous thing Jesus Christ means to make of us. Imagine yourself living as a house ...

"God comes in to re-build that house. At first, perhaps, you can understand what He's doing. He's getting the drains right and stopping the leaks in the roof and so on. You knew that those jobs needed doing and so you are not surprised. But presently He starts knocking down the house in a way that hurts abominably and which doesn't seem to make sense. What on earth is He up to? The explanation is that He is building quite a different house from the one you thought of -- throwing out a new wing here, putting [...]


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