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It's All About You Mark 8:27-38

It's All About You

"It''s all about me" is a thoroughly neomodern mantra ... but a losing proposition. Oddly enough, only when we deny ourselves does life take on a dimension that moves us out of ourselves - and into God.

[NOTE: Visit the Unofficial Brady Bunch Home Page (www.teleport. com/~btucker/bradys.shtml) and follow links to download a sound clip of Jan's incessant whining about the oldest sibling, Marcia. Play the clip over the sound system to begin this sermon idea.]

Marcia, Marcia, Marcia.

This Brady Bunch rant is a sentiment that surfaces frequently in relationship squabbles between siblings or sweethearts. "It's all about you, isn't it?" complain the chattering classes when there's nothing important or meaningful to say that might really help the discussion.

But the phrase has recently acquired a more positive spin. United BMW of Duluth, Georgia, says in its print ads, "It's all about you." Day-Timer's Online store proclaims, "It's all about you." So does the Dietary Guidelines Alliance, urging you to "make healthy choices that fit your lifestyle" - as long as that lifestyle includes eating beef. Walla Walla World extols the virtues of living in Walla Walla, Washington, saying "It's...

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