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Surviving the Storms of Life - Basic Survival Skills

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Sermon shared by Dan Cale

January 2006
Summary: This is part 1 of a 5 part series on dealing with the storms that life has for us. What basic survival skills do we need to get through this storm filled world?
Denomination: *Other
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
Surviving the Storms of Life
Pt 1 Basic Survival Skills
Acts 27
Chippie the parakeet never saw it coming. One second he was peacefully perched in his cage. The next he was sucked in, washed up, and blown over. The problems began when Chippieís owner decided to clean Chippieís cage with a vacuum cleaner. She removed the attachment from the end of the hose and stuck it in the cage. The phone rang, and she turned to pick it up. Sheíd barely said "hello" when "ssssopp!" Chippie got sucked in. The bird owner gasped, put down the phone, turned off the vacuum, and opened the bag. There was Chippie -- still alive, but stunned.
Since the bird was covered with dust and soot, she grabbed him and raced to the bathroom, turned on the faucet, and held Chippie under the running water. Then, realizing that Chippie was soaked and shivering, she did what any compassionate bird owner would do . . . she reached for the hair dryer and blasted the pet with hot air. Poor Chippie never knew what hit him. A few days after the trauma, the reporter whoíd initially written about the event contacted Chippieís owner to see how the bird was recovering. "Well," she replied, "Chippie doesnít sing much anymore -- he just sits and stares." (Borrowed from many sources to numerous to list - this might be the most used illustration on the net)
Letís look at a group of people who had been like Chippie sucked in, washed up, and blown over and they were not singing anymore just kind of sitting and staring.
Acts 27
The storm was raging. The rain was pouring down. And in spite of the best efforts of the crew, the boat was being battered and beaten by the storm. And the morale of the 276 people on board was sinking with the ship. The Bible says in verse twenty that "When neither sun nor stars appeared for many days and the storm continued raging, we finally gave up all hope of being saved."
Itís also the situation of many of you here today and many more in the world around us. Over the next several weeks I want to share with you a series of messages called Surviving the Storms of Life. We are going to look at different kinds of storms and different strategies for surviving and even thriving amidst the crashing thunder and blowing rain.
This morning I want to look at some basic Storm Survival Skills then we will get more involved next week.
1) Avoid the storms you can - v10 I want you to realize this morning that some of the storms we get into in life can be avoided. Paul calls the centurion over who is in charge of the voyage and says "Dude, I might not be a sailor but Iíve been around the block and Iím telling you we donít want to sail these seaís this time of year. If we do we are going to get in trouble.® Well thatís my todayís English translation anyway. The information he was sharing was handed down person to person for years and generally good advice. Itís kind of like in Hughesville you donít plant your garden until after the 15th of May. Other than good frost resistant stuff you are just asking for frost bit tomatoes. Of course others had other ideas and off they went into the dangerous Mediterranean. And lo and behold what happens? A storm comes - wow! Who could have seen that coming? Here is the idea for you. Listen to good advice. Listen to the wisdom of people who have gone before you. Itís a wonderful thing to learn from your mistakes
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