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Summary: Saying we’re "lucky" implies God is not in control.

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There’s No Such Thing As Luck

1. Parachute story-U.S. Airborne unit in Germany. Parachute drop zone next

to a Mercedes test track. Wind blew him onto track. Hard asphalt, braced

himself, no broken bones. Wind dragged him down track. Hit release. Car

speeding toward him. Ran to side. How lucky can I be. Turns and steps

into gopher hole and twists ankle.

2. Names-Lady Luck, Luck of the draw, Luck of the Irish. See a penny pick it

up.... If it weren’t for bad luck I’d have no luck at all. Rather be lucky than

good. Rabbit’s foot, 4 leaf clover, lucky penny, birthstones, Goliath frog.

Bad Luck: break mirror, black cat, walk under ladder. Chance, happenstance

3. Lost and Found ad - Lost dog, brown fur, some missing due to mange,

blind in one eye, three legs, slightly arthritic, goes by name of Lucky.

4. Dict. Def.: the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s

life, as in shaping circumstances, events, and opportunities.

5. In our scripture, while the disciples were waiting for the Holy Spirit,

Peter and the others were searching the Scriptures, looking for guidance

as to what was going on and what to do.

6. Peter found that God knew all about Judas, it was no surprise to God.

Verse 20 verse 69:25 and verse 109:8 in Psalms

7. Peter takes it upon himself to direct the choosing of the new apostle.

Verses 21 & 22 We need to be careful with “therefore”. God knew

about Judas, betray Jesus, commit suicide, need to be replaced. God did

not say Peter needed to facilitate this. This was Peter’s deduction, Peter’s

“therefore”, Peter’s reasoning. Peter went ahead of God.

8. Peter added something God didn’t require. VERSE 21 Problem is, an

apostle is one chosen by Jesus (Acts 1:2) Peter did allow God to choose.

God must have felt like me on election day-only 2 choices. Verse 23

9. Peter didn’t get all the instructions. Connect part A to part B, AFTER.....

Peter messed up big time on this one. God had a person all picked out for

the position, but the time was not right. Peter was impatient. In that time

and culture 12 was considered complete. 11 was not. By the end of Acts,

there are 13 apostles, not twelve.

10. God picked someone the disciples would have never dreamed of,

someone they would have voted against unanimously. Saul-the man plotting

to destroy the church, who would meet Jesus on the road to Damascus,

witness Jesus resurrection, be chosen as an apostle by Jesus Himself. The

man who would become the Apostle Paul.

11. Verse 26 How many of you have ever cast lots? Bingo at get together.

small marked stones in a jar, chips with names in a bag, marked sticks.

12. Seems kind of like gambling. The modern day equivalent of “flipping

a coin”.

13. Casting lots is common in the Old Testament

Joshua 18:10

1 Chronicles 24:5

Proverbs 18:18

Jonah 1:7

Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap, but it’s every decision is

from the Lord.”

This is a key verse. In the Old Testament, lots were used to discover

God’s will.

14. Jewish people had long believed God used events of random chance

to reveal his will, since they felt he controlled all of life.

Dict. Def.: the force that seems to operate for good or ill in a person’s

life, as in shaping circumstances, events, and opportunities.

15. As Christians, we know what that “force” is. It’s God.

16. God’s timing is perfect. Forklift through the truck cab story

17. Ride with Terry. Point about lottery ticket loser or woman held hostage.

Why do bad things happen to good people? I don’t know. God has a

plan. We don’t know it. John 3:8 we see the effects of the wind.

18. Jesus in the boat in storm Jonah & the Big Fish

Eutychus falling out of window Joseph’s brothers going to Egypt

Lions, Tigers, and Bears did not eat the Antelope, Cows, and Pigs.

18. There’s no such thing as luck. Saying it was luck or attributing anything

to luck denies that God is in control. Saying: “Give credit where credit

is due” The credit for everything that happens to us is God’s. There’s

no such thing as luck, because God is alive and well. He cares

about us, and is involved in our lives.

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