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Summary: Giving Thanks when you don’t know how things are going to turn out

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Tonight…Today…

Video

Honor

Retirement Ceremony…

Hawk…Lisa…

Vets…Family w/others elsewhere (in harms way)…Families of vets…

Open to Daniel 3

Series –Giving thanks in the Storms…

Today – The Storm of Uncertainty

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Pray

Life is Uncertain

Whether we like it or not, negatives are a part of life. We are struck by tragedy, & we have to deal with grief. We are taken advantage of; we have to deal with anger. We are ripped off, & we have to deal with rage. We are abandoned, & we have to deal with bitterness. We lose everything, & we have to deal with failure. We come in second; we have to deal with defeat. We experience repeated setbacks, & we have to deal with a poor self-image. The problem is not so much encountering the negatives, but finding a way to neutralize them. There is good news in the message of the Bible. The Bible speaks to us at our lowest & raises us to our highest. It finds us at our weakest points & transforms us into our strongest selves. Within its truths an eternal dimension picks us up at our saddest & rejuvenates us to experience the highest joy.

We’re living in uncertain times…

Globally

Nationally

Home front

Truth –

We not only face uncertainty in general – any/each of face uncertainty specifically…

Bible – James 4:13, 14

Don’t say today or tomorrow you will…for you don’t know what will actually happen tomorrow…life is a vapor – here & then gone…You ought to say “if it’s the lord’s will I will…”

Scripture

Setting

Nebuchadnezzar/Babylon… (Modern day Iraq)…

Captured the country & is imposing his rule…

Tyrant…Vicious…Violent…Brutal…

4 young men to work in his government…

Daniel…Shadrach…Meshach…Abednego…

Risen to King’s appointed authority…

Therefore – certain visibility…

90’ x 9’ idol of himself…

Brings in everyone & decrees –

When the music plays – bow…

Acts of paying homage to him…

Declaring him as authority over their lives…

MUSIC & 3 young men do not bow…

“They are ignoring you…They don’t honor you”

2nd Chance –

now front & center to the king…

TALK about a Storm of Uncertainty

When you are not sure how things are going to work out…

Imagine the Scene –

Pressure…Anxiety…Uncertainty…Storm…Crisis…

CRISIS

What is a crisis?

"A stage in a sequence of events at which the trend of all future events is determined"

Is

Where all you thought you knew is now no longer what you are sure of...

A time where PRESUMPTION/CONCLUSIONS & FAITH have had a Collision…

Chinese –

The Chinese use symbols to represent words. For "crisis", the combination of the symbols "danger" & "opportunity” are used to represent crisis.

So it is in Crisis of Faith –

A place of Opportunity & a place of Danger

Often Crisis of LIFE == Crisis of FAITH

CRISES (Storms) are an opportunity to Choose

Which is it going to be –?

Opportunity or Danger…

Which is Going to Triumph – LIFE or FAITH…

Think about the Reputation of Nebuchadnezzar

He kills you…100% track record…Doesn’t give in…Menace…Troubling…

THEY KNOW THIS as they Stand before him…

YOU DIE

Given His reputation –

That would be the easy Conclusion –

We are going to Die…

YET

Conclusions

They have not come to the SAME CONCLUSION


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