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Summary: The first in this series looking at "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz." This Message looks life and the storms that often hit us. Wisdom from God's Word guides our reaction to storms. Powerpoint is also available for this series, just send me an email!

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Lessons from Oz: When Your House is Turned Upside Down Matthew 7:24-27

L. Frank Baum wrote “The Wonderful Wizard of OZ.” in 1900. Tradition has it that he was in his office trying to come up with a name for the magical land he was going to write about. He looked at his filing cabinet and saw the drawer marked “O-Z”

Dorothy and her dog Toto find themselves transported to another world by means of a tornado.

Their only hope is The Great and Powerful Oz.

Along the way they meet The Scarecrow, Tin Man, and a Cowardly Lion.

The Wicked Witch of the West wants to stop them.

We will journey through God’s Word over the next several weeks learning some valuable life lessons!

Matthew 7:24-27

“Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”

A. Storms are Inevitable.

Dorothy was not immune to storms. She was an orphan and now about to experience a life changing storm.

Causes:

Natural

Fallen World

Our Sin

Sin of Others

The Enemy

Unexplainable

Storms come in many forms:

Loss of a loved one

Broken relationships

Disease

Financial Loss

Persecution

Pain and Suffering

Storms come to both the righteous and the wicked

B. Reactions are Natural.

Confusion “Toto, we are not in Kansas anymore.”

Fear of the unknown or the future.

Anger toward God or others.

Doubt about whether God is real, listening, or acting.

Depression due to overwhelming stress.

Bitterness over betrayal by others or a sense of desertion from God.

Guilt over sin that may have led to the disaster.

Joy- there can by joy even in times of storms.

C. Foundations are Critical.

Where will the road you are on lead you to?

Yellow Brick Road? (Led to the Emerald City)

Red Brick Road? (It is never clearly stated where this road led.)

The Bible is a love story with a crimson thread of Jesus from beginning to end.

The things of this world are like sand:

Riches

Fame

Power

Health

Pleasure

We have a scarlet thread of Christ that will lead us.

God’s Word

The Holy Spirit

Wise Counsel

How do people without faith survive? They do not. They crash.

D. Hopes are Eternal

The right foundation produces a godly reaction to inevitable storms producing a hope that is eternal.

The trials and storms of this life are temporary.

Our hope is not in this world.

Peace (It is well with my soul)

When peace, like a river, attendeth my way,

When sorrows like sea billows roll;

Whatever my lot, Thou hast taught me to say,

It is well, it is well with my soul.

And Lord, haste the day when the faith shall be sight,

The clouds be rolled back as a scroll;

The trump shall resound, and the Lord shall descend,


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