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Summary: Part two of the "Holding Out for a Hero" series, examining the story of David and Goliath and asking "What are the giants we face and how do find victory instead of defeat?"

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HOLDING OUT FOR A HERO

“May the Force Be With You”

Wouldn’t it be great to have super powers?

Wouldn’t you like to wake up one morning to find you had, in the words of the old Superman TV show… “powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men?”

To be faster than a speeding bullet…

More powerful than a locomotive…

To leap tall buildings in a single bound?

I wonder…

I wonder, if you were given the chance to acquire one super power…what would it be?

A recent poll asked this question, and gave participants the following options:

Invulnerability.

Reading minds.

Spider-sense.

The ability to fly.

X-Ray vision.

Invisibility.

Super strength.

Genie-like magic.

Great intelligence.

Incredible luck.

Look over that list and think about it for a sec.

Which of those, if you could choose only one, would be your super power of choice?

Well, if you’re like the majority of those who responded, 25% in fact of the over 9000 people polled your choice was…

The ability to fly.

Why do you suppose that is?

What is it about flying that makes it more appealing than…invisibility, for example?

I think it would be great to become invisible.

To just disappear at will for short periods of time, wouldn’t that be great?

You know, some people claim it does happen to them.

There is a group of people who claim to suffer from a syndrome they’ve labeled, HSII

Human Spontaneous Involuntary Invisibility.

I’m not making this up.

They claim that for no explained reason they have disappeared for a brief period of time.

It happens at parties, when suddenly the other guests completely ignore them.

One woman writes how her husband ran all over the house searching for her, when she was sitting on the sofa the whole time.

One woman claims she’s tempted at times to sneak into banks and steal money, since at times she becomes completely invisible. !?!?

These people claim to suffer from invisibility.

I wonder if any of them have every tried to see a doctor about this.

“Doctor, there’s a woman out here who claims she’s invisible.”

“Tell her I can’t see her right now.”

Sorry, I couldn’t resist.

Now I’m assuming that none of us here has ever been invisible.

Even though it was the third most popular super power in that poll.

But maybe some of us here have tried to fly at some time.

C’mon guys…fess up.

You tie that towel around your neck, and when nobody’s looking...up, up, and away!

That’s how my dad broke his arm when he was a little boy.

And just two weeks ago, a 4 year old girl in North Carolina, having watched “Harry Potter” on video, crawled up onto her kitchen counter, straddled a broomstick, and tried to take off, and it would be amusing if she didn’t then find herself in critical condition at her local hospital.

As much as we’d like to have super powers sometimes, the fact of the matter is, we’re only human.

But last week, as we started this series, we entertained a fascinating idea…

The idea that, as people who are “only human,” we are the very kind of people God is after.

We met two Davids last week…David Dunn from “Unbreakable,” an everyday guy who discovers he has a not-so-everyday calling.


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