Summary: What would Jesus say to the popular television personality Regis Philbin?

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- Have you ever wondered what it would be like for Jesus to live in America in the 21st century?

- What would He wear? Would He be a golf shirt kind of a guy or a t-shirt kind of a guy?

- Would He wear Nike or Reeboks?

- Would His hair be short or would He let it grow out a bit?

- Would He eat Mexican and Seafood or would He be a meat and potatoes man?

- Would He drive a Toyota Camry or a Toyota pickup truck?

- Would He like the Reds or the Bengals?

- Would He prefer Dolby Digital or THX?

- Would He listen to B-105 or 97 Rock?

- Would He read the Post or the Enquirer?

- If Jesus were alive today what would He do, where would He go and what would He say?

- Over the next 4 Sundays, we are going to look at what Jesus might say if He lived in our culture and in our time and if He came into contact with our contemporaries.

- One of the most popular figures in our world today is a man named Regis Philbin?

- There aren’t too many people in our world who can be known by just one name, but Regis is one of them.

- This 67 year old man has been around the television industry since 1957 when he was a news anchor for a station in San Diego.

- But it wasn’t until he teamed up with Kathie Lee Gifford in 1985 that his popularity sky-rocketed.

- Within 2 years the show went into syndication. Two years after that it was the fastest growing national talk-show in the country. Soon more than 18 million people were tuning in daily to watch LIVE with Regis and Kathie Lee.

- Then ABC approached Regis with an opportunity to solo host a quiz show called “Who Wants to be a Millionaire.”

- It instantly became a blockbuster hit.

- Regis has won 10 Emmy awards.

- He was written two best-selling books.

- He has launched a new line of shirts and ties.

- He is perhaps one of the most popular and well-liked television personalities of our time.

- So if Jesus came face to face with Regis, what would He say?

- If Jesus sat in that “hot seat” directly across from Regis with the lights and the music and they engaged in small talk, what would Jesus say?

- I don’t think Jesus would talk about the University of Notre Dame or the New York Yankees or lifelines or even Kelly’s baby, but I do think that Jesus would ask this question


- “Do you trust God with all your heart?” (Proverbs 3:5)

- Now maybe that is deeper than what Regis would like to answer.

- Most of his interviews don’t go much below the surface

- But if Jesus were here, I imagine that’s what He would say to Regis Philbin.


- Not in money, not in fame, not in people, not even in yourself, but in God

- I would like to know what his answer would be to that question.

- In fact, I would like to know what your answer would be

- You see, we are living in a society that doesn’t seem to trust anybody anymore

- People are cynical and doubtful and skeptical of just about everything.

o Customers don’t trust businesses

o Employees don’t trust managers

o Citizens don’t trust governments

o Wives don’t trust husbands

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