Blockbuster — Cars 3

Ecclesiastes 4:13-16

He isn’t talking about Mater!

Wisdom is best, if you have the opportunity and willingness to do something with it.

Not every prison has bars.

“Racing data: tire pressure, downforce, weight distribution, aerodynamics. The racing world is changing.” – Natalie Certain

Times are always changing. Ideals, attitudes, and styles, too.

If you are not learning on a continual basis you have already been left behind.

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But some things never change:
– the rules of sportsmanship, right & wrong,
– the rewards of integrity,
– the necessity of commitment and hard work, etc

There is only one thing we have on this earth that lasts forever.
Matthew 24:35

 

The Cars 3 formula is Youth + Experience + Wisdom = Winning

“I just never thought I couldn’t.”
– Lightning McQueen

“Get ready for what’s comin’. More speed, more horsepower. More of everything.”
– Doc Hudson

“Hud saw something in you that you don’t even see in yourself.”
– Smokey Yunick

“Hud loved racing, but coaching you?! I’d never seen the old grump so happy. Racing wasn’t the best of his life, you were.”
– Smokey Yunick

“I’ve always wanted to be a racer, because of you.”
– Cruz Ramirez

 

No matter who, what or where you are, everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

“Don’t fear failure. Be afraid of not having the chance, you have the chance.” – Sally Carrera

Blockbuster — Dunkirk

We are all just ordinary people with the potential to do extraordinary things.

Dunkirk History –

  • In May of 1940, Germany launches “Plan Yellow” or “Manstein Plan” which invades Southern France.
  • It was only 45 miles – 39 nautical miles – from England, which would have been roughly two hours to travel by boat in 1940. While on land, Germany exploited the British and French army by using their famous blitzkrieg strategy, a swift and relentless attack on the opposition. Germany pushed both armies back to Dunkirk.
  • By May 27th, 400,000 British and French forces are pushed back all the way to Dunkirk.
  • Many British soldiers ask, “Where is the Royal Air Force?” They were getting bombed day and night by the Luftwaffe, the German Air Force.
  • On May 14, 1940, the BBC delivered a nationwide announcement from the British government: “The Admiralty have made an order requesting all owners of self-propelled pleasure craft between 30ft and 100ft in length to send all particulars to the Admiralty within 14 days from today if they have not already been offered or requisitioned.” 
  • The Germans destroyed 177 Allied aircraft and sunk more than 200 ships, including six British and three French destroyers. However, RAF and French Air Fighters shot down 240 German aircraft.
  • An estimated 338,000 Allied soldiers were rescued during the evacuation, which was officially known as Operation Dynamo. Prime Minister Winston Churchill and government officials had at first predicted that it would only be possible to rescue around 45,000 men before German forces blocked further evacuations. British citizens helped to shatter that estimate by offering their own boats and lives to help assist in the Dunkirk rescue.

There is no hiding from this!

 

You Get What You Go For.



Jeremiah 38:2-10

God didn’t intend for you to face adversity alone!

Jeremiah 38:11-13

Even when you do things right, difficult situations can happen, but God will bring you out of the tough places to help change people’s lives.

Isaiah 42:6-7

When you pursue God and His plan, no matter the cost, it will not only change your life, but also the people around you.

Blockbuster — Transformers

“Without leaders, chaos reigns.” Sir Edmund Burton
“Without sacrifice, there can be no victory.” King Arthur

Merlin was a fraud but he knew how to ask.
James 4:2

“Alright, we’re doing this together.” Cade Yaeger
“Bee’s always had my back. It’s time I had his.” Cade Yaeger

Find your voice! And share your message!

And in virtually every superhero story you’ll find this message: Do the right thing!

Mark 10:17-22

Let’s begin with the children in Ephesians 6:1-4

Make sure you are part of the solution, not part of the problem.

Ladies next in Ephesians 5:21-24
Ephesians 5:33

So what does submitting to one another mean for a Husband?
Ephesians 5:25

The answer is not to give up the 90% you already have with your spouse but work toward the 10%.

  • Keep your eyes on what you have.
  • Pray to God for what you need.
  • When you get it, it will be more than you ever wanted!

So what are the right things? I can’t sum it up better than God’s Word. Love sacrificially, like Jesus.

Ask yourself, “Would Jesus treat my neighbors, my friends, my boss, my employees, my customers, etc. this way?”

Blockbuster — Spider-Man

Unlike other heroes, Peter Parker is not perfect, rich, well-polished or all-powerful.

“I decided to depict him as a real life teenager who by some miracle had acquired a super power.  He’d have to be insecure, inept and often out of step with those around him.  He’d be my kind of teenager—a loser—just like I was when I was young.  After all, who ever said that extra strength, or talent, or ability has to make a guy a winner?  If you suddenly gained the muscle power of a hundred men, OK—so you’d be able to outwrestle King Kong; but that doesn’t mean you still wouldn’t have to worry about dandruff, or acne.  Wouldn’t you still have trouble balancing your checkbook?” – Stan Lee

This is what I think we find so inviting about Jesus.  Throughout history, society has glorified the successful, the ones who had it all together and all figure out.  But Jesus chooses nobodies and no ones.
1 Cor 1:26-31

To whom much is given, much is required.” – Jesus

With Great Power comes Great Responsibility.” – Stan Lee


What’s the great gift that we’ve received?  GRACE

John 1 :14-17
Without GRACE the good news isn’t good at all.

What’s our responsibility in response?  TO SHARE IT


Grace is a life-altering force.

“If you’re nothing without the suit, then you shouldn’t have it.”

If Grace is great enough to save us… it should change us to.

Jesus taught “blessed are the merciful, for they will receive mercy” and He also said that “if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins.


BUT GRACE IS HARD…

“Ungrace” sounds nice until it’s you that needs forgiveness

“The only thing harder than forgiveness is the alternative” – Philip Yancey

Romans 12:14-21
– Don’t hit back.
– Don’t insist on getting even.
– Bless your enemies.


What are the limits to Grace?
Who is unforgivable?

“I am not what I ought to be, I am not what I want to be, I am not what I hope to be in another world; but still I am not what I once used to be, and by the grace of God I am what I am” –  John Newton

1 Timothy 1:12-16

Joseph reunites with his brothers – Genesis 45

Lewis Smedes Quote “When we genuinely forgive we set a prisoner free and then discover that the prisoner was us.”

 


Our world is sorely lacking grace and because of that, it’s one of the greatest things the Church has to offer.

Blockbuster — Wonder Woman

Christians have everything they need to fulfill the Great Commission. We just seem to think it’s optional.

“ The time for kumbaya Christianity is officially over. It is time for the church of Jesus Christ to rise up and preach His gospel of truth, love, and grace.’  Samuel Rodriguez

Acts 12:1-12
Peter was compelled to go back to the city!

   10 They passed the first and second guard posts and came to the iron gate leading to the city, and this opened for them all by itself. So they passed through and started walking down the street, and then the angel suddenly left him.

11 Peter finally came to his senses. “It’s really true!” he said. “The Lord has sent his angel and saved me from Herod and from what the Jewish leaders had planned to do to me!”

12 When he realized this, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John Mark, where many were gathered for prayer.

 


Peter knew his PURPOSE.
Luke 5:1-10

What talent, what seed, what gift, what story is in you that could literally change the future for someone else or the future for generations to come?

Peter knew about PROBLEMS. But he knew who could handle them.
Matthew 11:28-30

Peter knew POWER.
Acts 1:8-9



Sharing the Good News is urgent but it’s not optional!

Romans 12:11

Blockbuster — Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 2

“The 1st movie was about becoming a family. This movie is about being a family.”
– James Gunn, writer/director

Ephesians 4:16

Having the same last name isn’t what makes you a family

THE GUARDIANS “FAMILY”
–  A collection of decidedly less-than-perfect oddballs that shouldn’t even like each other
–  They are each one wounded in their own way and alone are unfulfilled
–  None have very good social skills but work through it with a higher sense of purpose
–  They learn that for a family to function well everyone needs to know where and how they fit

Everyone has something awesome to do for Jesus!

Romans 12:6-8
DO YOU SEE YOURSELF THERE?
Peter Quill, the leader
Drax has the temperament of a prophet
Gamora is overcome by feelings of mercy
Baby Groot, both encourager and protector
Yondu, we learn, is a teacher and mentor
Rocket, a giver and helper

Hebrews 10:24

These first few hours spent in church every week are vital but what’s most important is what you do with it during the next 163 hours of your week!

If you’re ready to find a place to serve at 29:11 GET STARTED RIGHT HERE

Have you ever noticed that even in our SciFi, what humans have written about other worlds, there is a moral compass? Morality, doing what is right, putting others first are not just global ideals. It’s obvious we believe they are universal!

Blockbuster — King Arthur

Destiny: fate, fortune, calling


1. To fulfill your destiny, you must deal with your past.

Too often, we allow the pain and disappointment of our past to poison our future.

Arthur couldn’t effectively wield Excalibur until he confronted his past.

Ezekiel 16:63 You’ll remember your past life and face the shame of it, but when I make atonement for you, make everything right after all you’ve done, it will leave you speechless.'” Decree of GOD, the Master.

2 Corinthians 5:17 Anyone who belongs to Christ is a new person. The past is forgotten, and everything is new.



2. No one can determine your destiny except you.

Even though he was raised far from the palace, Arthur’s leadership was evident in the streets.

“In the long run, we shape our lives, and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.”
― Eleanor Roosevelt

No one outside of ourselves can determine who we are.

 Jeremiah 29:11-14  I know what I’m doing. I have it all planned out–plans to take care of you, not abandon you, plans to give you the future you hope for. “When you call on me, when you come and pray to me, I’ll listen.  “When you come looking for me, you’ll find me. “Yes, when you get serious about finding me and want it more than anything else,  I’ll make sure you won’t be disappointed.” GOD’s Decree. “I’ll turn things around for you. I’ll bring you back from all the countries into which I drove you”–GOD’s Decree–“bring you home to the place from which I sent you off into exile. You can count on it. 



3.
There are people waiting to help you fulfill your destiny.

There was a band of people waiting to serve and fight alongside whoever could wield Excalibur.

1 Kings 19:18  Meanwhile, I’m preserving for myself seven thousand souls: the knees that haven’t bowed to the god Baal, the mouths that haven’t kissed his image.”

Before he could become King Arthur, he had to decide that he wanted to!

James 2:20  Use your heads! Do you suppose for a minute that you can cut faith and works in two and not end up with a corpse on your hands?

Blockbuster – Dead Men Tell No Tales

CAPTAIN SALAZAR and the meaning of DMTNT

1. A common pirate phrase that means killing someone is the best way to keep them quiet.

2. Captain Salazar sent word by Henry Turner to tell Jack Sparrow that he hated him since Salazar couldn’t because he was dead and DMTNT!

3. Salazar’s habit was to kill all on a ship but leave 1 person to tell what happened because “Dead Men Tell No Tales.”

Ecclesiastes 11:3

There are no Mulligans

Luke 16:27-28


At the end of your life you won’t say:

– If only I had spent more time at the office, in meetings, on sales calls or …
– I wish I had spent more time on the computer, reading facebook, gaming or …
– I wish I had made more money or bought one more …
– I made too many friends, gave too many hugs, and said “I love you” too often
– I spent too much time with my spouse and kids
– We made too many memories



Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, said this about his father Mike Wallace before he died in 2012 at the age of 93:

“He still recognizes me and knows who I am, but he’s uneven. The interesting thing is, he never mentions ’60 Minutes.’ It’s as if it didn’t exist. It’s as if that part of his memory is completely gone. The only thing he really talks about is family — me, my kids, my grandkids, his great-grandchildren. There’s a lesson there. This is a man who had a fabulous career (with 60 Minutes) and for whom work always came first. Now he can’t even remember it.”



HENRY TURNER

Break the father’s curse: alcoholism, abuse, porn, absentee fathers, something else? 

Don’t leave leftovers for your kids to deal with!


CARINA SMYTH

Carina never knew her father but he left her the key to the map no man can read!

Hebrews 11:4

Hebrews 12:23-24

Baptism – 6.11.17

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When John the Baptist appears he is baptizing people as an act of repentance seeking forgiveness from God.
Matthew 3:11
Mark 1:4
1 Peter 3:21

Then Jesus leads us deeper to the idea of a new birth
John 3:5

And now baptism also points back to His death & resurrection
Romans 6:3-8

The reason we are directed to be baptized is we are identifying with Jesus, and His church!
Mt 28:19-20; Acts 2:38-41; 1 Cor 12:13; Eph 4:4-6