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Scott Brewer
 
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I love the Jason Bourne stories. Jason Bourne is a fictional character created by Robert Ludlum in books and film. The first film, “The Bourne Identity”, is the intriguing story of what it is like when you forget who you are.

Jason Bourne is a highly trained, specialized agent of the US government who has tremendous ability to fight the enemy, to discern dangerous situations and to think strategically and overcome problems. But, Bourne has forgotten who he is. In one battle with a bad guy Bourne is shot and nearly drowns. The trauma causes him to have amnesia.

At one point Bourne questions who he is because he is sitting in a restaurant and he has observed every car in the parking lot, memorizing every license plate, and can close his eyes and tell you with detail about the appearance of every person sitting in the restaurant. He questions, “Who does this kind of thing?”

It’s a great question because the answer is relevant to his lost identity. The person “who does this kind of thing” is a secret agent.

When a bad guy attacks Bourne, Jason instinctively deflects the enemy’s blows and knocks out his opponent. When hearing a foreign language spoken across the room he not only understands but returns a comment and thereby discovers that he knows that language.

So, let me remind you about your “Born” identity. John tells us that we are children of God who have confidence in our relationship with God. John says that someday Jesus is going to return to this world to judge it and that we look forward to His return because we are without shame.

How did we become children of God, confident and without shame? John says you were born of God. This is something that John elaborates on in the Gospel he wrote. John says that just as you were born physically of a mother and father in this world, you must also be born spiritually of your heavenly Father. When you confess your sin to Christ, ask for His forgiveness and call upon Christ to save you from judgment, John says that is being “born again”. You have been adopted off of the ghetto streets of this world into God’s family.

 
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Chuck Gohn
 
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The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. A movie about a man who was born old. It is a great opening for a sermon on John 3 (i.e., the story of Nicodemus)

 
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Michael McCartney
 
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* SOUL SURFER: FULFILL GOD'S DESTINY

Soul Surfer is the inspiring true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton. Bethany lost her left arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, through her sheer determination and unwavering faith in Jesus Christ.

Bethany was born to surf. A natural talent who took to the waves at a young age, she was leading an idyllic life on Kauai, participating in national surf competitions with her best friend Alana, when everything changed. On Halloween morning 2003, a 14-foot tiger shark came out of nowhere and seemed to shatter all her dreams.

Soul Surfer reveals Bethany's fight to recover from her ordeal and how she grappled with the question of her future. Strengthened by the love of her parents, Tom and Cheri, and supported by her church youth group leader Sara, Bethany refuses to give in or give up, and begins a bold return to the water.

Her story will inspire you and challenge you in your own faith in God.

There is also a book out about her life called "Soul Surfer" and also her own movie documentary called "The Heart of a Soul Surfer." In her documentary her mom shares how at age 15, which was 3 years after the shark attack, they started praying for the Lord to show Bethany what the will of God was for her life. She has now been featured on prime time TV shows, talk shows and she has spoke at a host of Christian events. She states in her documentary that her divine calling is "to share her faith, tell her story" and to help others with disabilities by inspiring them that with God all things are possible.

The movie "Soul Surfer," much like the story of Esther from the Bible, inspires us to fulfill God's divine destiny for our life.

So can I ask you a few questions today based on our subject today:
* "Do you know what the divine will of God is for your life?"
* "Are you fulfilling your divine purpose for God?"
* "Are you making a difference in such a time as this with your life?"

We need to remember that for our own stories to make a difference for eternity it requires us to know our divine purpose and then to fulfill our divine purpose for the Lord.

Bethany is doing this and Esther as well did this as role models for us to follow.

 
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Rodney Buchanan
 
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In Steven Spielberg’s film about a slave ship called Amistad, the Africans revolt and are subsequently imprisoned. The African prisoners are given a Bible with pictures in it by the abolitionists. The Africans had no idea what the book was, and they could not read in their own language, let alone English. Yamba, one of the Africans, is intently looking over the Bible in the prison when Cinque says to him, “You don’t have to pretend to be interested in that.” “Nobody’s watching me,” Yamba says. “I’m not pretending. I’m beginning to understand.” He sees a picture of the Hebrew slaves in Egypt and says, “Their people have suffered more than ours. . . Their lives were full of suffering.” Turning to a picture of Jesus he exclaims, “Then he was born and everything changed.” “Who is he?” Cinque asks. “I don’t know, but everywhere he goes, he is followed by the sun,” Yamba says while pointing to the halo around his head. “Here he is healing people with his hands. Protecting them. . . Being given children. . .” “What’s this?” asks Cinque pointing to a picture. “He could also walk across the sea,” Yamba explains. “But then something happened. He was captured. Accused of some crime. Here he is with his hands tied.” “He must have done something,” reasons Cinque. “Why?” Yamba asks, “What did we do?” Yamba continues, “Whatever it was, it was serious enough to kill him for it. Do you want to see how they killed him?” “This is just a story, Yamba,” Cinque replies. “But look, Yamba says. “That’s not the end of it. His people took his body down from this. . . thing. . . this. . . [Yamba makes the sign of the cross.] “They took him into a cave. They wrapped him in a cloth, like we do. They thought he died, but he appeared before ...

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Don Hawks
 
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Do you ever feel like you are in something just over your head?
That is precisely where God wants you.
Something like this happens in the move, “The Legend of Baggar Vance.” Baggar shows up, almost like the voice of God, to help a young golfer, distressed by the events of his life, to find his soul again. Listen to Bagger Vance in this video clip: {show clip—50—52 minutes

"Inside each and every one of us is our one true, authentic swing. Something we was born with. Something that is ours and ours alone. Something that can’t be learned ... something thats got to be remembered."

"However, he has given each one of us a special gift according to the generosity of Christ." -Ephes. 4:7 NLT

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