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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Adventure

luke-yoda“Adventure, heh. Excitement, heh. A Jedi craves not these things.” So says Yoda to a young Luke Skywalker seeking training to be a Jedi Knight.  But we are different. We like at least a little adventure in our lives.

My friend, Craig, craves the adventure of climbing. He and his wife and his two children are avid climbers, having climbed a lot in the Rocky Mountains. Craig became somewhat famous a few years ago after surviving a one hundred foot fall. His story can be found here at After The Fall Ministry website. Maybe Craig will never be a Jedi, but he’s a Knight in the Kingdom of God. He’s got a great story to tell of the love and mercy of God and isn’t afraid to tell it – whether hanging from a fifty foot ledge or in front of a group of people in a church.

My friend, Richard, craves the adventure of composing new music. He’s dedicated his life to making music. As anyone who’s ever tried to make a living at it, it is not an adventure for the faint of heart. SoutherRichard also came close to death living his adventure – nearly losing everything, even his life, contracting botulism while in a recording studio. Richard may never be a Jedi, but he’s a Knight in the Kingdom of God. He tells the story of God’s love through his music – whether on local morning TV, in a restaurant, in a recording studio or in front of a group of people leading worship. Find out more about Richard here at his website.

There is no lack of adventure in this world that God has given us. In fact, God is the author of adventure! The adventure of Noah and the Ark. The adventure of Abraham traveling from Ur to Canaan. Moses’ adventure at the Red Sea. David’s adventure with Saul, Goliath, and Absalom.

But the greatest adventure is that of Jesus Christ. We’re coming up on Christmas pretty fast – four weeks away, where Jesus’ earthly adventure – His ministry among us – began when He was born in Bethlehem.

The four weeks the precede Christmas are called by Christians the adventSeason of Advent. Advent comes from a word that means coming. But the word also is part of the English word adventure which also comes from a word that means “that which will happen.” These four weeks leading up to Christmas are a great time not only to prepare for the big day of gift-giving and family gathering – including the adventure of shopping for gifts – but also a a time to prepare for Christ’s second coming.

Jesus is coming back. It won’t be like His first coming. There were few people who knew about at the time – Mary, Joseph, some shepherds, and eventually some wise men from the east.

When Jesus comes back the second time everyone is going to know about it.

Now is the time to prepare for the return of the King of kings. This Advent, prepare for the greatest adventure!

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