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Topic: Blowout (04/28/11)
TITLE: Lowell's Tire
By Ken Ebright
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He got out of the car and reached for his cell phone to call the worship leader at church. "Hey this is Londa."
"This is Pastor Lowell, my alarm clock didn't go off this morning so I overslept. Now my left rear tire blew out. I'm going to be late. You may need to cover for me."
Londa sighed, "Okay, uhm we'll figure something out if you're not here in time to preach."
Lowell got the spare tire out of the trunk, jacked up the car, replaced the tire, and was on his way. When he got into the car he looked in the rear view mirror and noticed that he had a streak of grease on his forehead. When he got to church, he grabbed his Bible and went in and arrived just as the worship team finished the last song.
He walked straight up to the pulpit, "First, I want to apologize for the way I look. My message today is on spiritual warfare, and brothers and sisters I fought a war getting here today."
"Before I tell you what happened, open you Bible to Ephesians six starting at verse eleven."
He paused for a second; the sound of pages turning could be heard. "Put on the full armor of God so that you can fight against the devil's evil tricks. Our fight is not against people on earth but against the rulers and authorities and the powers of this world's darkness, against the spiritual powers of evil in the heavenly world.
"The enemy wants to stop us in our tracks and cause us to give up or even prevent me from preaching this sermon. Normally, I like to be here at least an hour before church starts. My alarm clock didn’t go off this morning. I woke up about a half of an hour before the service. I took a quick shower and threw my suit on. I had just gotten on the freeway then, I heard a bang. My left tire blew out, so I changed it as quickly as I could. I think I wiped off sweat on my forehead with my hand. When I got into my car, I noticed the grease on my forehead when looked into my rear view mirror. I didn’t have time to wash up when I got to church. I didn’t want to be late. I'm thankful, if I wanted a sermon illustration I couldn't ask for anything better. The enemy thinks he won, but he lost because he made this sermon even better. When you fight against the enemy put on the armor, don't let him defeat you, because like it says in Ephesians 12, you get your power from the heavens, from none other than Jesus himself.
You could have heard a pin drop as the congregation was enthralled with his message.
After the service,the pastor bolted for the bathroom while another pastor did the benediction. He needed to wash his hands because he liked to shake people’s hands as they exit. When he was out in the hallway, he had at least 20 people come up to him with bottles of hand sanitizer and paper towels.
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