1 Peter 5:6-7
6 Humble yourselves, therefore, under the mighty hand of God so that at the proper time he may exalt you, 7 casting all your anxieties on him, because he cares for you.
A World of Self Promotion
We live in a world of self-promotion. We have entire websites which have now been created to aid us in this process. We share our lives, our photos, our ideas on a plethora of internet spaces, we’ve dubbed “social media” because we are important. My ideas are important. My ideas are correct. I’m humorous. My new hair cut is absolutely fabulous. My children are prettier than your children. I’m at Disney World and you’re not. My family is happier than your family. My vacations are better than your vacations. My kids, more successful than your kids, and it goes on and on…
There’s nothing wrong with sharing our lives with others, but underneath this, we have the dangers of massaging our egos and building pride up within us.
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Explain a frustrating, confusing, or humorous story that stems from differences in language.
Our frustration with language goes back to the story we’re looking at today in Genesis 11. But this is really not about differences in language. There’s something more important happening in these verses.
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I, probably just like you, grew up playing a bunch of backyard football. One of the greatest rules of backyard football was the “re-kick”. If the opposing team kicked a ball off that was un-returnable, someone from your team would yell, “Re-kick!” before the ball hit the ground and the opposing team would have to kick the ball again.
Our narrative today, presents a re-kick of sorts.
What began with Adam and Eve’s rebellion in the garden has grown and permeated all of society. This grieved God and in this story we see God put forth his rightful judgment upon the earth.
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Begin class by having a conversation entitled: Things wrong with the world…
The London Times once asked this question after an editorial piece, “What’s wrong with the world today?”
G.K. Chesterton famously replied…
“Dear Sir: Regarding your article ‘What’s Wrong with the World?’ I am. Yours truly,”―
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Several years ago, my wife and I took one of those vacations…you know the kind, It was a 4 day trip to Disney World, tickets included, for a total of $350 dollars. Total! They only required and hour or so of our time on Saturday morning for a tour of their facilities. So, we signed up!
I prefaced our tour with Phillipe by saying, “We won’t be buying anything today. So if you want to save your time, we’ll sign the paper and be on our way.” Phillipe assured us that we’d be quick and that he wasn’t allowed to let us off the hook that easy. We took the tour, which ended up taking about 3 hours, not one. The facilities were awesome. The rooms were fantastic! They had a lazy river and pizza shop right by the pool. I understate it when I say it was indeed nice.
We ended our tour sitting with Phillipe at a small round table in a big room with a lot of other small tables. (Every time someone would purchase a time share, I mean become a member of the vacation club, they would pop a bottle of champagne. There was a continuous popping going on in this room. They were selling these things left and right.) Phillipe gives us a run down of all the benefits and where you could vacation around the world. All this could be yours for $43,000! I had to pick my jaw up off the floor. He had to be crazy! I just paid $350 for a vacation, what made him think I had $43,000 laying around the house for a time share. I had no problem saying no.
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