A man bought a brand new Ferrari. He wanted to get a blessing for it, so he went to see his priest. “Father O’Malley, can I have a blessing for my Ferrari?” “Certainly, my son, but what’s a Ferrari?” The man was so incensed that the priest wasn’t impressed with his new car that he went right up the street to the next priest he could find and asked him the same thing. “Father Schmidt, can I have a blessing for my Ferrari?” “Naturally” the priest said, “But what’s a Ferrari?” Frustrated and in desperation, the man went to a third priest. “Priest Dibble, can I have a blessing for my Ferrari?” The third priest said, “Wow! You got a Ferrari? A Ferrari can go 0 to 100 mph in 5.5 seconds and has won 21 Grand Prix races this year. And a Ferrari sells for $180,000. Can I have a ride in it?” The man was impressed with this priest’s knowledge of a Ferrari and took the man once around the block. Then he asked, “Now, can I please have a blessing for my Ferrari?” The priest said, “Sure, but what’s a blessing?”
Sometimes we’re a lot like the last priest, we know more about cars, football, television and worldly things than we do about blessings. Paul wants us to know just how blessed we are to be a child of God. We are blessed beyond belief. Ephesians 1:3-10 give us a lot of the reasons why we’re spiritually blessed. Here are 5 of them.
- God has Chosen Us! (vs.4)
- God has Adopted Us! (vs.5)
- God has Freely given Us His Grace! (vs.6)
- God has Redeemed Us! (vs.7)
- God has United Us (vs.10)
This is a brief summary of last Sunday’s sermon that you can catch on podcast, download and listen on your computer, or just listen to it on the website (it even works with dial-up). I hope you’ll get a chance to swing by and listen if you want. Click here —-> (It’s GOOD to be a Child of God.)
One of the funny stories I’ve included in this lessons is, “Do you want me to spank you?” It’s a story about my 3rd son Connor. When he was little, he was SO strong-willed. We tried everything on our strong-willed child including Dobson’s book, “The Strong Willed Child.” He was so strong-willed that the book only worked when I spanked him with it If you can’t hear the story on the sermon link, I’ll try and share the story with you here in the next few of days.
HOW TO DOWNLOAD A SERMON: For those with dial-up, see if this works. Click on the link to go to the sermon. By the “play” button you’ll see the three words: Send To Friends, Download, Permalink. “Right” click with your mouse button on the word “Download” and then click “Save As.” It will save it will download and save to your computer (make sure you know where you save it). It may take a few minutes to download, because it’s about 31 mega-bites. After listening, just delete it from your computer.
Also, if you haven’t learned about Bloglines you’re missing out. Bloglines is a program you can use to read everyone’s blogs, and it will tell you who’s updated with new posts. Pretty handy little program. You might want to check it out.