Day: June 5, 2010

Sermon: Facing the Impossible

When facing the impossible God might have another idea.  After all, God still does the impossible work of changing lives everyday.

Facing The Impossible

I Kings 17:8-16, 17-24
Luke 7:11-17
Galatians 1:11-24

An Impossible Mission

Have you ever faced a situation you thought was impossible?  One in which there seemed no way out, no solution, no possibility of resolving it positively?

Well, today we have four stories, from both the Old and New Testaments that were all stories of impossible situations. I don’t think I’ve ever preached on four different passages before, or told four stories from three different books of the Bible, but it’s important for us to hear today what happens when we “face the impossible.”

Of course, you remember the old TV series, Mission Impossible.  Tom Cruise made several movies by the same name, but I prefer the TV series because it was a little more believable, and a little less high tech than the movie versions.

Each week the show opened with one of the agents, usually Jim Phelps played by Peter Graves, getting the team’s next assignment on a taped message.

The taped message was always the same:

“Good morning, Mr. Phelps.  Your mission, should you decide to accept it is….” And then the voice on the tape would explain the mission for the IMF, Impossible Mission Force, to undertake.

At the conclusion of the explanation, the voice then said, “This tape will self-destruct in 5 seconds.”  And it did, all to ominous, “spy-sounding” music courtesy of musical director, Lalo Schifrin.

At times, life feels like an impossible mission, and there are four real-life stories I want us to look at this morning.

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