J. Gordon Duncan

Culture, Business, Fitness, Etc.

I Will Always Love You

the notebookThere are seemingly a million movies made each year, and practically every one of them has some romantic story line.  You can see the grossest comedy or the scariest horror movie, and more than likely, there will be two people either in love or two people who fall in love by the time movie is over.  These movies make a lasting impact when they can create that scene where one character makes a declaration of love that is so convincing, the audience wishes that someone would tell them the very same thing.  And for some reason, men declaring their love in the rain is even more powerful.

For example, there is that famous scene in “The Last of the Mohicans” where Hawkeye declares to Cora Munro, “No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you.”  I’ve spoken to many women who find the scene so memorable that they wish someone would say those very words to them and of course mean it.  More recently, a movie with a memorable scene like this is “The Notebook” where there is the perfunctory man of lower social status who falls in love with a socialite.  Apparently, the themes of Romeo and Juliet never grow old.  Well, the socialite, named Allie, confronts the young man named Noah, of course in a rain storm, about why he has never written her.

Allie: Why didn’t you write me? Why? It wasn’t over for me, I waited for you for seven years. But now it’s too late.
Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Allie: You wrote me?
Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over

And then they kiss.  Of course, there is always the example of Jack and Rose in Titanic promising each other that they’ll never let go. Once again, water is the key element to any promise of affection.  If you are a guy, maybe you just dig on the Terminator looking back and saying, “I’ll be back.”

One of the reasons that I think these moments are so effective and so memorable is that they give the impression of a secure promise of love.  Promises of love are made all the time, and by looking at the divorce rate, it is easy to see that promises of love are not easily kept.  I guess in any relationship, security is incredibly important.  If you can know beyond a shadow of a doubt that a person loves you, then you can rest.  No security equals no rest.

Well, this week in the book of Romans, Paul wants to make God’s love to His children abundantly clear.  He is going to detail the many ways that God has demonstrated both that love and that security, and the intention of his telling is for those who have faith in Jesus Christ to exhale…to rest.

With that in mind, we are going to this Big Picture Question this week:

Big Picture Question:  What lengths does God go to assure His children that He loves them?

If you would like to join us at Sovereign King, we meet for worship at 10:30am and you can find directions at http://www.sovereignkingpca.net/1.2.html

A video preview of the sermon can be found below

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September 18, 2009 - Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , ,

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