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Summary: Living a whole life in Christ.

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Wholly Alive - Nicodemus

John 3:1-21

April 29, 2007

It was 9:23 a.m. on Monday morning and I was back to the routine.

I was getting ready to begin another sermon.

A 4 day task of

Study

Prayer

Brainstorming and finally writing.

In the midst of my work I needed to call home. I missed Deb, Luke, Benjamin and Emma.

Over the weekend we had:

Dug a new garden

Pruned our apple trees

Hauled dirt

Gone on bike rides

Talked with neighbors

Done puzzles

Napped

Listened to our I-pods.

Gone to Vancouver, road the Sky Train.

But now I was back at work.

Earlier that morning before I left for church, we had been on:

A pirate boat,

An airplane

And a train

Earlier that morning Emma went potty in her potty.

But now I was at work

Back to my routine.

Back to being Pastor Tim and not Dad.

I was back on duty.

I dialed the number and Ben answered, "Hi"

This is Daddy

"Hi Daddy. Here’s Luke" Luke got on the phone, "Daddy, we’re making a fortress."

"A fortress," I replied.

"Yes, we’ve got pillow, cushions and blankets and we are making a fortress."

All their excitement and all their creativity and all their life caused me to want to shut down my work at my desk, on this sermon, breakaway from what I was doing and go home and play.

The next day, Tuesday, when I called to check in Luke answered,

"We’re having a treasure hunt, bye, here’s Mom."

When Deb got on the phone we didn’t have a conversation for all she was saying was

"Hot, Hot, get colder, colder."

I hung up and went back to my work, feeling like I was missing out. Feeling like I got the short end of the deal.

Feeling like my kids were living life and me just going through it or just getting through it. Remember being a kid?

Remember the dreams you had?

The ambitions you had before life began to mold you.

Chip away at you.

Beat you down.

There in the safety of your home.

Among your stuffed animals and toys.

Immersed in books and TV, you began to construct a dream about your life. You didn’t do this because you had to have a plan for your life as an 8-year-old. You didn’t because as humans, we are created to dream

Create

Grow into who we’ve been created to be with no limits placed on us as kids, we dream big dreams. But now 10, 20, 30, 40, or 50 years later, such ambitions are not natural. If I told you that I wanted to be a football player, you’d laugh.

If you told me you wanted to be a ballerina, I too might laugh. And yet down deep (come on) deep inside of us we yearn to become fully alive. To live fully and authentically. Our culture encourage us to think this way.

Companies provide products meant to help us enhance and better our lives. If you buy product A then you’ll breakaway from your normal life.

Pretty much everything sold at every kind of store has as its purpose meeting

Our comfort

Our pleasures

Our appetites

Our longing to be alive.

And yet if we don’t understand God’s way to a whole life, we can buy all these products, all this well researched stuff and not have a whole life.

For the next 4 weeks, we are going to just touch the surface, just begin to explore the lives of people who were seeking to live a breakaway, a whole life.


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