Summary: Help students avoid anger with this sermon based on the Comic Book character the Incredible Hulk

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Becoming the Hulk

How to Avoid the Monster

JAM. gregg barbour. 7.27.03.

Robert Bruce Banner was born in Dayton, Ohio to Dr. Brian and Rebecca Banner. Bruce was loved by his mother, but hated by his alcoholic father. Dr. Brian Banner had been exposed to radiation and would do certain experiments on himself. He determined that his son’s intelligence was a mutation derived from that exposure. Bruce was raised by his aunt after his father murdered his mother, and went on to attend Desert State University, and then the California Institute of Technology. He went on to work at a nuclear research facility in Desert Base, New Mexico, where a horrible Gamma Bomb accident created an alter ego within him called the Hulk. The Hulk was 7 feet, 1000 pounds of relentless fury. His strength was Incredible, but he had no control over his actions. According to the Comics: in the beginning days, Bruce would transform into the Hulk at sunset, and then under periods of stress and anger. Now, if you’ve seen the movie…the madder that the Hulk got, the bigger he became, and with that fury came more uncontrollable rage. The Hulk is one bad creature, able to pound people into next week with a single thump. He’s strong and powerful, and can teach us an important lesson. We’ve got to handle our anger positively. It’s easy for people to fly off the handle, especially if they’ve bottled up emotions over time. They can pop their top and unleash some serious anger on others. We’ve got to learn how to avoid the monster if we want to have character that represents God. This is a list of the top ten things that we thought would make you turn into the Hulk:

10. Getting your books dumped in the hallway.

9. Being told that you’re too young to date.

8. Too little money; too much homework.

7. Having to baby-sit your younger siblings.

6. Waking up Monday morning with a huge zit.

5. Being told you must dress up for church.

4. Three words: “Chores, Chores, Chores.”

3. Being grounded for something you didn’t do.

2. Getting picked on by high schoolers.

1. Being told you’re acting like a baby when you lose your cool.

These things may make you begin the transformation process from who you are to the Hulk, but I want to help you be able to deal with hot feelings in a cool way. We’re going to learn today that God wants us to handle our anger positively.

The truth is that everyone gets angry. Everyone struggles with it and it’s simply part of being human, but we don’t have to be controlled by it. Dr. Buddy Rydell from Anger Management says there are 2 kinds of angry people: Explosive and Implosive. Explosive are the kind of people that yell at the cashier when they won’t accept their coupons. Implosive are the kind of people that keep their anger bottled in and then express their anger in a huge way. An implosive person would be the cashier that accepts the rude comments day after day and then one day pops, and shoots everyone in the place. We can control our anger. What are some things that make you angry? (allow responses) (Joe Somebody clip) It’s ok to be angry, what might not be ok is how we handle it.

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