Summary: Are you running wide open? Does it seem like life is "Fast & Furious"? Isn't it time to slow down a little?

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OPEN: Good Morning! Welcome to our new series called.....

! Explain video

! Many of us wouldn’t dare get into a car going that fast, yet our lives are going that fast.

! New series title is “Fast and Furious: Easing Up to Create Margin

TEXT: Please turn to Luke Chapter 5, verse 16. I will be reading this verse from the New Living Translation. Here’s what it says:

! Jesus was on the shore at the Sea of Galilee

! Verse One says “great crowds pressed in on Him”

! Then Jesus teaches Peter how to fish and Peter is awestruck

! Then Jesus heals a man with leprosy

16 But Jesus often withdrew to the

wilderness for prayer. Luke 5:16

! Then the Bible says a “vast crowd” presses in on Jesus (indicating even more than before)

! Then verse 16 Jesus leaves.

! He goes off by himself.

! He logs off of Facebook, Twitter,

Instagram and Snapchat

! And God forbid, he even turns off his

cell phone.

! And when people called him, this is

what they heard...


! If the Son of God HIMSELF needed

MARGIN, how much MORE do WE need MARGIN?







38 As Jesus and the disciples

continued on their way to Jerusalem, they

came to a certain village where a woman

named Martha welcomed him into her

home. 39 Her sister, Mary, sat at the Lord’s

feet, listening to what he taught. 40 But

Martha was distracted by the big dinner she

was preparing. She came to Jesus and

said, “Lord, doesn’t it seem unfair to you

that my sister just sits here while I do all the

work? Tell her to come and help me.”

41 But the Lord said to her, “My dear

Martha, you are worried and upset over all

these details! 42 There is only one thing

worth being concerned about. Mary has

discovered it, and it will not be taken away

from her.” Luke 10:38-42

(Tell Story)

! Here is what’s dangerous:

oShe was BUSY, but she was BUSY

doing the wrong thing oShe was “distracted”

! WORK is a distraction, time spent with family and close friends is NOT a distraction)

oShe wanted Jesus to DO something about it and Jesus taught her about MARGIN

oMy concern is that many of you (might I say “us”) think we are ‘doing the right thing’

oWorking hard

oGone four or five nights a week

(explain story

about Parker wanting to play ball)

oHere is what’s scary: Martha thought

SHE was right and Mary was wrong.

oOver the next few weeks, we are

going to look at “Easing off to create


oPutting our kids in everything under the sun just to keep up with others

Let me show you what happens when we don’t purposefully create MARGIN in our lives: (if you are taking notes, please write this down):

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