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Q. How do you put a giraffe into a refrigerator?
A. Open the refrigerator, put the giraffe in and close the door. Simple. Don’t try to make things more complicated than they are.
Q. How do you put an elephant into a refrigerator?
A. Open the door, take out the giraffe, put the elephant in and close the door. Remember, there are repercussions to your actions.
Q. The Lion King is hosting an animal conference. All the animals attend except one. What animal does not attend?
A. The elephant. He’s in the refrigerator. This tests your memory.
Okay, last question.
Q. There is a river you must cross. But it is inhabited by crocodiles. How do you manage it?
A. Just swim across. All the crocodiles are attending the Animal Meeting. This tests if you can learn and grow.
There are areas in which we all have grown. We all learn and improve and mature, at least to some extent. What are some things I’ve learned? I’ve learned:
Never lick a steak knife.
Never under any circumstances take a sleeping pill and a laxative on the same night.
(These aren’t necessarily things I’ve learned from personal experience)
That tap-someone-on-the-shoulder-while-you-stand-on-the-opposite-side-and-they-turn-around-and-no-one’s-there thing is really annoying.
Avoid driving in downtown Charlottetown in the summer.
fatal error and illegal operation are not really fatal or illegal.
You can’t hide a piece of broccoli in a glass of milk.
Wherever I go, the world’s worst drivers follow me.
Those are some of the things that I’ve learned. We all learn and grow. We have to if we’re going to survive. And this morning we’re going to talk about growing spiritually. Originally I had planned on beginning our “Disappointment with God” series today. We’re going to start that next week instead, but this week we’re going to talk about growing spiritually. Many of you have indicated to me that you have made spiritual decisions of one type or another over the past four or five weeks. You’ve begun a new relationship with Jesus, or you’ve expressed that you have a relationship with Jesus but it’s not all that it could and should be. So some of the things we talk about this morning should help you right where you’re at, and help you to grow as a Christian. In fact, I think you’ll find that much of what we talk about can help you grow spiritually, professionally, grow in your marriage, grow in your relationships, and grow as a person.
The passage we looked at earlier in the service talked about growing and maturing. Here’s part of what it said…
Hebrews 6:1 (NLT)
So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.
It is God’s desire that we don’t remain infants in the faith. He wants us to grow, to learn, to improve, to mature.
So let’s start by talking about some of our false assumptions about what it takes to grow and mature as Christians, and then we’ll talk about some facts about growth and some practical applications.
Four False Assumptions About Growth:
a. Growth is automatic.
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