Religion in Schools Essay

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Sermon by Pastor Robert Earl Houston, Sr., Senior Pastor
First Baptist Church, Frankfort, Kentucky
Sunday, July 24, 2011 – 11:00 a.m. Morning Worship
Series: “Get Back Up! (How to Recover From a Fall)”

Text: Acts 16:16-22

16And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying: 17The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation. 18And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour. 19And when her masters saw
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In movies, we root for the underdog – we root for Rudy, who is trying to make it in the college ranks of football; we root for the Dallas Mavericks in sports who are up against the most celebrated basketball team in this era, the Miami Heat; we cheer for a young man from Hawaii that is born of mixed heritage – a white woman and a black African male, who just a few years ago would have been labeled as a half-breed or become disqualified because of the intimate union of his parents only to see him go from “who is that?” to “And now the President of the United States.”

We act like cheerleaders when the underprivileged rise up, when those who are lacking in the social graces make it to the King’s palace – for some of us we are intrigued by the story of Cinderella who has gone from object poverty to celebrating with royalty prior to the stroke of midnight. In all facets of life – literature, movies, songs even in the Lord’s church when those who have struggled life itself take to the microphone and magnify God with some moving vibrato that tears are formed in the wells of our soul that spill out into the area of the cheek bone and make it’s way down to the chin.

It is normal to cheer for the underdog. However, there are those persons and I believe and want to submit to you that are in the minority – who don’t want to see anybody who has fallen rise and overcome their fall. Some of us have relatives and neighbors and friends and dare I say fellow church

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