I just had to show off and brag on our stage-set for Ezra and Christmas through the month of December. Like boasting in Christ for our righteousness, I can brag about our set because I pretty much have very little to do with it. I can never take any credit. Our media dude, Andrew, comes up with the design. Our set design team (led by awesome adults (Dave and Amanda) constructs our set as much as they can on Sunday nights from 5 – 6pm. Then Andrew and I will usually finish everything up that they weren’t able to get to.
sermon intro video: http://storylineframework.com/2009/12/03/ezra-sermon-into-video-word/
About ten years ago while I was working at a summer camp, a group of counselors and myself were standing outside the camp chapel waiting for our weekly “skit night” performance to start. Our opening skit was called “the flour girl” because one of the guys would go around the stage asking every acting girl counselor if she’d be his flower girl, and they all told him “NO!” until he came to the last girl. When he would ask her, she would then blow baking flour (that she had been hiding in her mouth) all up in his face. Well, as we were standing outside, our flour girl had already put the flour in her mouth when someone made a funny. She laughed and then accidently gulped the flour which hardened in her throat and got lodged there. We all panicked and just stared at her as her eyes got wider and she started freaking out because she couldn’t breathe. The crazy thing was that we all were trained in CPR and the Heimlich about a month before. Since I was the in-charge program director, I did what every leader should never do: I told everyone to take care of it because I had to go get the nurse! About that time, she gagged, threw-up the flour and everything else, breathed again, and yelled at all of us for nearly watching her die!
So many of us and many people we know are literally suffocating spiritually. Just like our little flour girl, they need help. They need to be revived. People may even be around them who know how to help, but no one is doing anything about it. Continue reading