When I was putting together the sermon this week, I thought about using this clip from the Disney movie, The Lion King, but it didn’t easily fit into the message.

This scene illustrates the difference between the shout that went up from the Israelites’ camp in 1 Samuel 4 and the shout that came down from heaven in 1 Samuel 7.

Young Simba tries to scare away the evil hyenas but his best effort at a roar doesn’t intimidate them.  Simba has a weak roar, evidence that he lacks the power to do much to defend himself.  But Mufasa’s thundering roar means that the hyenas are in real trouble.  Mufasa has arrived to deliver his son, and not only is his roar loud but Mufasa is capable of rescuing Simba.



Marriage (Part 2)

This morning we covered wives’ role in marriage as described by Paul in Ephesians 5.  I was not able to discuss a situation where a woman finds herself in a marriage with a man who is not striving to be a sacrificial, servant-leader.

Following is additional insight into this scenario that I did not have time to cover this morning:

And most important, don’t forget to pray daily for your husband, trusting God to transform his heart and mind.


The Greatest Good

Our family’s favorite movie is the Pixar animated film The Incredibles. It is a very witty look at family life, with a lot of special superhero powers to make it lots of fun.

Our favorite scene, one that every one of us can quote verbatim, fits with what Jim spoke about on Sunday in his sermon on husbands.  It is a conversation between the superhero Frozone, who is looking for his superhero supersuit because he notices an enemy attacking the city outside his window, and his wife, Honey.

Watch here:

That last line is powerful, “I am your wife. I am the greatest good you are ever going to get.”

Husbands, there will always be something masquerading as the “greater good” outside your window.  Sometimes, you do have to leave and take care of the responsibilities that God has given you.

But, most of the time do your actions show that your wife is the greatest good you are ever going to get?

All is well,