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Summary: If common sense is so common why don't more people have it?

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Bunbury

Sun pm

23/01/11

“The unusual gift of common sense”

Intro: I’ve often wondered what it must be like being a judge sitting on the bench hearing people’s disputes & having to work it all out.

I conclude that to be able to function in position you need a liberal serve of common sense.

I heard about one judge who put his gift of common sense to work .....

*** In a trial in a small southern town in the U.S. the prosecuting attorney called his first witness, a grandmotherly, elderly woman to the stand.

He approached her and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know me?

She responded, ‘Why, yes, I do know you, Mr. Williams. I’ve known you since you were a boy, and frankly, you’ve been a big disappointment to me. You lie, you cheat on your wife, and you manipulate people and talk about them behind their backs. You think you’re a big shot when you haven’t the brains to realize you’ll never amount to anything more than a two-bit paper pusher. Yes, I know you.’

The lawyer was stunned. Not knowing what else to do, he pointed across the room and asked, ‘Mrs. Jones, do you know the defence attorney?

She again replied, ‘Why yes, I do, I’ve known Mr. Bradley since he was a youngster, too. He’s lazy, bigoted, and he has a drinking problem. He can’t build a normal relationship with anyone, and his law practice is one of the worst in the entire state. Not to mention he cheated on his wife with three different women. One of them was your wife. Yes, I know him.’

The defence attorney nearly died.

The Judge asked both counsellors to approach the bench and, In a very quiet voice , said

‘If either of you idiots asks her if she knows me, I’ll send you both to the electric chair.

Well that judge knew what to do!

And the truth is that common sense isn’t something that is reserved for God’s people.

In fact Jesus says ......

Luke 16:8 (NKJV) 8.......For the sons of this world are more shrewd in their generation than the sons of light.

But I do believe that this is not only a quality that we can have but as representatives of the King of kings & Lord of Lords we should have.

And here is the good news ..... it’s God’s distinct plan for his people to be endowed w/ the unusual gift of common sense.

So t/m I want to preach on “The unusual gift of common sense’.

Text: Genesis 41:14-40 (NKJV) 14Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him quickly out of the dungeon; and he shaved, changed his clothing, and came to Pharaoh. 15And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “I have had a dream, and there is no one who can interpret it. But I have heard it said of you that you can understand a dream, to interpret it.” 16So Joseph answered Pharaoh, saying, “It is not in me; God will give Pharaoh an answer of peace.” 17Then Pharaoh said to Joseph: “Behold, in my dream I stood on the bank of the river. 18Suddenly seven cows came up out of the river, fine looking and fat; and they fed in the meadow. 19Then behold, seven other cows came up after them, poor and very ugly and gaunt, such ugliness as I have never seen in all the land of Egypt. 20And the gaunt and ugly cows ate up the first seven, the fat cows. 21When they had eaten them up, no one would have known that they had eaten them, for they were just as ugly as at the beginning. So I awoke. 22Also I saw in my dream, and suddenly seven heads came up on one stalk, full and good. 23Then behold, seven heads, withered, thin, and blighted by the east wind, sprang up after them. 24And the thin heads devoured the seven good heads. So I told this to the magicians, but there was no one who could explain it to me.” 25Then Joseph said to Pharaoh, “The dreams of Pharaoh are one; God has shown Pharaoh what He is about to do:


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