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Tisdale United Methodist Church
Sunday, November 19, 2017

Mark's Sunday School Review


I will say that the title of Pastor Lee’s sermon this week, “He Built His Chess Game by Building His Lungs”, kept me wondering how he was going to tie it in to the message. He did it masterfully. Now, those of you who weren’t there to hear it you will have to wait and see.


His message used the story from Matthew 25:1-13 about the ten virgins who were waiting for the coming of the bridegroom. The Scripture says that the five that were prepared were wise and the five that weren’t were foolish.


He began with a story about a girl getting ready for a date. She got ready and waited for an hour. When he had not come, she gave up, got in her pajamas and started watching TV. An hour later there was a knock on the door and it was her date. When she answered the door he said I gave you two extra hours and you still aren’t ready. Her trial is next week…some women say it was justifiable homicide. Even though this is a humorous story it does speak to the point of the importance of being prepared. In this case however, I think it may have been the gentleman caller who in fact wasn’t prepared.


When we talk about being prepared there are a couple of things to consider.


First, have we done our due diligence in preparing for the tomorrow? Whatever our future is here on earth. We need to include God’s guidance in this process of living our daily lives. For example the people who built and operated the Titanic believed that they prepared an unsinkable ship. In this arrogant self-aggrandizing they weren’t prepared. The Captain ignored the warnings of icebergs. There weren’t enough lifeboats, the lifeboats that were there were put to float under filled. We throw away tomorrow if we aren’t prepared.


Second, and the more important, are we prepared for eternity? Are we ready to meet our maker? Are we sure we have enough oil for our lamps? We need to get prepared now, today, because we never know when He is going to show up. We better be ready when he does or it will be too late.


Now to the sermon title. A part of world champion chess player Bobby Fisher’s preparation for chess tournaments was daily swimming long distances underwater. This helped improve his oxygen intake which he knew was important due to the length of these tournaments and the importance of oxygen to the brain in these situations.


Victory comes when we are prepared.