“Finding Normal-an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

(Testimonies) “I felt I needed something like that in my story to have any meaningful effect on the listener. I wanted a more compelling story that could really make a difference. One that could make a difference in a profound way. I guess God heard my frustrations, because that’s what He gave me.”-Jeff Huxford, M D.

“Send Me (I’ll Go)-Lecrae

“Yours”-Toby Mac

“Beautiful Feet”-Lecrae ft. Dawntoya

“Finding Normal- an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome”. by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“One night, everyone was sharing their testimonies at a group that met at our house every week. … When it was my turn to share, I expressed frustration to the group about my lack of a powerful story.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Fitting YouTube music videos:

“Trust in You”-Lauren Daigle

“Supernatural”-DC Talk

“Broken Vessels (Amazing Grace)-Hillsong Worship

“Do It Again”-Elevation Worship

“Inside Out” by Dr. Larry Crabb (Chapter 3- Knowing What To Look For)

Under “Deep Longings and Wrong Strategies” (page 57-58), Dr. Larry Crabb says,

A helpful place to begin is with a record of what God saw when He looked deeply into the hearts of His people during a time when their history when they when they were slipping away from Him. Listen to His comments from Jeremiah 2:13: “My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold any water.” … Notice two observations that the text suggests. First, people are thirsty. … Second, people are moving in the wrong directions in order to satisfy their thirst.

Why do “people” (including TLC’s) naturally have the tendency to rebel even though they have the option to do what is right? There is a variety of superficial reasons, but the real reason is that we, ourselves, have the tendency to never be satisfied. There is this insatiable desire to want more. Just look at our world such as rulers, business people, even down to little children. There’s no part of human nature that compels us to be satisfied.

As Dr. Larry Crabb insightfully says on page 59,

It is with an understanding of these two fundamental elements that we can productively explore beneath the surface of our everyday problems. The first element, deep longings, reflects our humanness and all the dignity accorded to us as bearers of God’s image. … The second element, wrong strategies, exists because we are sinful. … An inside look must anticipate uncovering deep, unsatisfied longings that bear our testimony to our dignity, as well as foolish and ineffective strategies for keeping ourselves out of pain that reflect our depravity. Each of us is a glorious ruin.

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(*Next week we move into part 2 entitled “We’re Thirsty People”)

Click on these links to find YouTube music videos pertinent to the message:

“Broken Things”-Matthew West

“Who Am I”-Casting Crowns

“All Who Are Thirsty”-Kutless

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Philip Yancey (39)

“Christian faith does not offer us a peaceful way to come to terms with death. No. It offers us, instead, a way to overcome death. Christ stands for life…”-Philip Yancey

Click on links to get YouTube music videos about life:

“Life Song”-Casting Crowns

“Don’t Waste Your Life”-Lecrae

“Alive”-Hillsong Young & Free

“Finding Normal-an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Daniel 5:20-21 (NIV) ‘But when Nebuchadnezzar’s heart became ardent and hardened with pride, he was deposed from his royal throne and stripped of his glory. …; and his body was drenched with the dew from heaven, until he acknowledged that the Most High God is sovereign ruler over the kingdoms of men and sets them over anyone He wishes.’ … It was only after he (Nebuchadnezzer) let go of his pride that God truly bless him.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Pride Away”-Kutless

“Pride Away” (lyrics only)-Kutless

“Finding Normal-an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“It’s crazy what we trick ourselves into believing so we can then justify our unwillingness to change.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Just click on the link to find applicable YouTube music videos

“Change Me”-(artist unknown)

“Change”-Lecrae

“Different”-Micah Tyler

“Inside Out” by Dr. Larry Crabb (Chapter 2)

Chapter 2, which is entitled “An Inside Look Can Be Frustrating,” Dr. Larry Crabb says on page 46,

I want to taste the goodness of God to such an extent that I’m confident of the joy ahead. This kind of change calls for more than a dedicated effort on my part can produce. I’m talking about change in the very depths of my being, change of which I have less a taste than a vision, change I see little of in many, a great deal of in few, and fully manifested in only One. I want this kind of change…

True Life Christians (TLC) deep down have an aversion to change, for it says in the Holy Scriptures,

For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23, KJV)

The Apostle Paul says in Romans 7:21-25 (NCV),

So I have learned this rule: When I want to do good, evil is there with me. But I see another law working in my body, which makes war against the law that my mind accepts. The other law working in my body is the law of sin, and it makes me prisoner. What a miserable man I am! Who will save me from this body that brings me death? I thank God for saving me through Jesus Christ our Lord!

Even the Apostle Paul had some struggles with sin. Yet change is possible with Jesus Christ at the center of your life through the Holy Spirit. For Dr. Crabb says this on page 47,

Our Lord made it clear that doing right in His eyes required far more than a performance of certain activities. The entire law, He said, could be summarized in two commands: Love God and love others. We cannot honor these exhortations in even the smallest measure without profound internal change. Moral effort alone can never produce genuine love.

For us, TLC’s, the question is not if we will change but when. We owe it to Christ. For TLC’s have a calling on their life, and it is found in 1 Peter 2:21 which cries,

For to this you have been called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, so that you may walk in His steps. (ESV)

Please click on this link:

“Inside Out”-Bonray

“Where Is God When It Hurts?” by Philip Yancey (38)

“The healthiest body is the one who feels the pain of its weakest part. In the same way, we members of Christ’s body should learn to attain to the pains of the rest of the body. In so doing, we becomes members of Christ’s risen body.”-Philip Yancey

“Broken Together”-Casting Crowns

“Finding Normal-an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“If we’re not chasing Jesus, we are chasing a lie. Let us choose to pick up our crosses daily, pursue after the hope in Jesus, and dedicate our lives to making much of Him and nothing of ourselves.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Click on the links to see YouTube music videos:

“Chasing You”-Jenn Johnson

“Me Without You”-Toby Mac

“Till The Day I’ll Die”-Toby Mac

“The More I Seek You”-Kari Jobe

“Finding Normal-an Uninvited Change, an Unexpected Outcome” by Jeff Huxford, M.D.

“Movies, music, advertisements, fame, materialism, money, billboards, magazines, social media. All of these things, although not always bad, can tempt and persuade you to chase after something other than Christ.”-Jeff Huxford, M.D.

Now here some links that will provide you with YouTube music videos:

“Follow You”-Mac Mac & Miseal

“Word”-P. Lo Jetson

“Walk By Faith”-Dee

“Be Observant”-Rob John