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July 28, 2019 Speaker: Brent Ferris Series: Plot Twists

Topic: Sunday Message Verse: Romans 14:9–14:12, Matthew 7:3–7:5

Some of the most memorable moments in movies and books are when the unexpected happens. These moments take our breath away, and leave us in a state of shock. These small surprises can significantly shift these stories into new, interesting, and even dark places. What if there were things in our lives that seemed small but that could surprisingly shift our stories?

We all have a tendency to be critical of our pasts, but rarely are we as critical of our present.

Romans 14:9-12 NIV

9 For this very reason, Christ died and returned to life so that he might be the Lord of both the dead and the living. 10 You, then, why do you judge your brother or sister? Or why do you treat them with contempt? For we will all stand before God’s judgment seat. 11 It is written:“ ‘As surely as I live,’ says the Lord,‘every knee will bow before me;every tongue will acknowledge God.’ ” 12 So then, each of us will give an account of ourselves to God.

Get critical about yourself, not other.

Matthew 7:3-5 NIV

3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

Critical thinking works best when self-applied first.

You need to get critical about your plot twists.

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