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Summary: God's Grace and Mystery of Christ.

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CHILDRENS MESSAGE:

Years ago, my father coached a team of eight-year-olds. He had a few excellent players, and some who just couldn't get the hang of the game. Dad's team didn't win once all season. But in the last inning of the last game, his team was only down by a run. There was one boy who had never been able to hit the ball--or catch it. With two outs, it was his turn to bat. He surprised the world and got a single!

The next batter was the team slugger. Finally, Dad's players might win a game. The slugger connected, and as the boy who hit the single ran to second, he saw the ball coming toward him. Not so certain of baseball's rules, he caught it. Final out! Dad's team lost! Quickly, my father told his team to cheer. The boy beamed. It never occurred to him that he lost the game. All he knew was he had hit the ball and caught it--both for the first time. His parents later thanked my dad. Their child had never even gotten in a game before that season.

We never told the boy exactly what happened. We didn't want to ruin it for him. And till this day, I'm proud of what my father did that afternoon.

Jeffrey Zaslow, "Tell Me All About It," 1990.

ILLUSTRATION:

Paul talks about a Mystery hidden in God. Let me tell you about a great mystery story:

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Senior, was a doctor. As such he was very interested in the use of ether. In order to know how his patients felt under its influence, he once had a dose administered to himself.

As he was going under, in a dreamy state, a profound thought came to him. He believed that he had suddenly grasped the key to all the mysteries of the universe. When he regained consciousness, however, he was unable to remember what the insight was.

Because of the great importance this thought would be to mankind, Holmes arranged to have himself given either again. This time he had a stenographer present to take down the great thought. The either was administered, and sure enough, just before passing out the insight reappeared. He mumbled the words, the stenographer took them down, and he went to sleep confident in the knowledge that he had succeeded.

Upon awakening, he turned eagerly to the stenographer and asked her to read what he had uttered. This is what she read: "The entire universe is permeated with a strong odor of turpentine."

Bits & Pieces, November 12, 1992, pp. 20-22.

SERMON:

The first part of our Scripture Text talks about God's Grace. Paul tells how God had entrusted with him this things that makes our life understandable in our relationship with God. Its called God's Grace. Paul said God gave it to him to give to us.

Paul probably understood that God Loved us. However, his understanding of what God's love was very stoic and unbending. Paul was stuck in a ridged set of rules that if he followed them he would get God's love if not he would be punished.

Gods' Grace is like the ball game we just heard about in the Youth Message. When we are on his team, know him as Savior or as some say let him in our heart, we can't do a wrong that will be any different than catching the wrong ball in the ball game.


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