The Language of Love Matthew 13:10-13 The disciples came to him and asked, "Why do you speak to the people in parables?" He replied, "The knowledge of the secrets of the kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them. Whoever has will be given more, and he will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken from him. This is why I speak to them in parables: "Though seeing, they do not see; though hearing, they do not hear or understand.
Watchu talkin’ ‘bout Willis? • How can I trust God? • What does trusting God mean? • Why does God allow bad things to happen? • Is God really in control of everything? • How do I love God? What IS love?
I. Trust Me… • What does God have to say about trust? • “The Shack” attack • Fundy Park
What God has to say: Joshua 1:5-9 • No one will be able to stand against you • I will never leave you • Be strong and courageous • Do not be afraid or discouraged • Obey the laws • Meditate on the laws • I will be with you wherever you go
“The Shack” Attack • Modern “wisdom”…
Fundy Park • Jump down, turn around, pick a bail of cotton
II. Why’s everybody always pickin’ on me? • What does “The Great Bully” have to say? • My kittys gave me paws… • Lieutenant Dan was a shrimpy guy
Words from “The Great Bully”: Job 1&2 • Lost herds, children, buildings, servants (wealth) • Afflicted with painful sores • Curse God and die? • TESTED…NOT PUNISHED
Kitty Cat • Cruel and unusual punishment
Ruuuuuuuun Forreeest! • Shrimpy catch • Nets are breakin’
III. Controller’s Office • The auditor general’s report • Pretzels in bed? • Bacon and eggs…please…please…please
The Auditor General’s Report Genesis 37, 39-50 • Joseph is favored • His brothers hate him, try to kill him • Sold to slavery • Became leader of Potiphar’s household • Went to jail for a crime he didn’t commit • Became overseer in the jail • Eventually became second in command in Egypt
Pretzels • Tossin’ and turnin’ • Turnin’ and tossin’
Bacon and Eggs • Lord have mercy, YES!!!!
IV. Greater Love hath no man… • Does God…Love me or love me not? • Expressions of love? • Father of mine, over protective?
A Father’s Love Jesus healed sick • Forgave sinners • Wept over Israel • Instructed his “children” • Comforted his “children” • Calmed storms • Fed multitudes • Corrected hypocrites • Drove out robbers • Prepared us for adulthood • Died for us
Expressions • Mom and dad proud? • OT • Take charge!
Whacha wachin? • Watching a movie with dad
God’s parenting skills • Endure hardship • God knows how to give good gifts
That’s a wrap! • Girl watchin’