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Summary: This is the first of a series of sermons based on movie themes, an idea I borrowed from West Family Church in the Kansas City area while I was visiting there this summer. We are not wired to play God.

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BRUCE ALMIGHTY

(ME ALMIGHTY)

Stop Playing God and Discover God Almighty’s Plan

Good morning and welcome to Bethany—greet guests, etc.

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How many of you have been to the movies this summer? It seems like I get to the movies more in the summer than any other time. How does that work with you? Summer is sometimes seen as the season for “Blockbusters” to appear on the big screen. So I thought I’d bring the summer to a close here at Bethany by using Summer Blockbusters as the theme for my messages for the next 4 weeks. I’m kicking off the series with “Bruce Almighty.” How many of you have seen that movie? It is an interesting and funny movie.

Here’s a synopsis of the movie in case you haven’t seen it. Jim Carey plays the lead role as a TV news reporter in Buffalo. The movie opens with Jim playing Bruce, complaining about God ruining his life.

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God, played by Morgan Freeman, decides he’s had enough of Bruce’s complaining. God decides he’s going to teach him a lesson. So God encounters Bruce and agrees to give up his power and give it to Bruce—Bruce will have all of God’s power for a short time—hence the name Bruce Almighty.

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8:30

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Well, in the process of acquiring the power of God, Bruce begins to realize it’s not all that it’s not as great as he thought it would be. Why do you think that is? Because Bruce is not wired to be God. Neither am I or neither are you.

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So today’s lesson could really be named “Me Almighty” -- How to deal with the need to be in control—to be in charge. Or how to stop playing God and discover God Almighty’s plan for you and me.

(Many of the ideas ffor this message come from a simliar message by Dan Southerland)

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I like telling people what to do—don’t you? Don’t you like having the power and authority over your relationships? If you’re honest you’ll admit it, I think. So how to you deal with that desire to control and take charge of everyone and everything. That’s the idea behind the movie Bruce Almighty. So I want to take that humorous but true reflection about human beings from the Bible and explore what the Bible has to say about wanting to be in control.

Hear what Paul wrote to Timothy, a young Pastor in the early church: (Read it out loud with me—this will help you wake up this morning)

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1 Tim. 6:11,12 (NLT)

“But you, Timothy, belong to God; so run from all these evil things, and follow what is right and good. Pursue a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. Fight the good fight for what we believe. …..”

How do we deal with the desire to be in charge?

Have you ever been to a family reunion or had large gatherings of extended family together? What happens often in that setting is you have about 25 chiefs but no Indians. Everybody wants to be top dog.

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HOW DO YOU DEAL WITH THE DESIRE TO BE IN CHARGE?

How do you deal with desire to be ME ALMIGHTY?

If you’d like you can write the suggestions down.

1. STOP PLAYING GOD.

Paul says to Timothy in the letter he writes to him:


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