Sunday, November 20, 2011

Msg: On Your Mark, Get Set, Go! - Week 9

     In the beginning of today's message, we watched a humorous video to get us ready for Thanksgiving. As the sweet little girl prays with a thankful heart for many, many things, her family gets distracted by other things. Right near the end, her prayer turns to them and they stop to focus on what matters.
     As we get into the text of God's Word today in  Mark 9, we see some interesting contrasts. We start with what we call the Transfiguration. Jesus takes three disciples with Him up on a mountain and they experience something truly amazing. Maybe you've had a "mountaintop experience" with Jesus. But we all have to come down off the mountain at some point. And as the disciples do, they find a sharp contrast to what they have just experienced with Jesus. While they have been gone, a crowd has developed around the disciples, including a challenge from some teachers of the law. In the midst, they have totally lost focus on a man who has come for help for his son. The discussion that unfolds puts the attention back where it should have been.
     My hope is that today's message will help encourage you in how to handle the difficulties you face when coming down off the mountain. Like our theme in this series, after getting "set" and focused on following Jesus, it's all about what you do with the time between "on your mark" and the time He says "go" that makes a difference. Listen in and be encouraged as we near the end of our series.

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