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Superman: The Escape
Posted by Rev. Jeff Dixon, Senior Equipping Minister at Covenant Community Church on Jan 2, 2002, 19:55


You are sitting in the car with 14 other passengers. The safety harness is placed securely over your shoulders and is double checked by the ride attendant. With a thumbs up, they leave you sitting there for what seems like an eternity. Then there is a blast of what sounds like a horn, but it is lost in the distance as you are driven back into your seat as the car lunges forward. The car accelerates from 0 to 100 mph in 7 seconds. You experience a force of 4.5 Gs as it heads skyward. You are riding Superman: The Escape, a roller coaster at Magic Mountain in Valencia, CA. Once you reach the top, you are 42 stories high. You are getting ready to experience an unbelievable 6.5 seconds of weightlessness as you free fall backwards for the return trip. In a word the ride is intense.

There are some interesting discoveries to be made about roller coasters. You might be surprised to discover that people get married on roller coasters all the time. There is one minister that calls that his specialty. Most modern roller coasters take over 2 years to design and cost an average of $8 million. (There is money to be made in the thrill ride business.) There is a big market for used roller coasters. It is cheaper to dismantle, refurbish, and reassemble a used roller coaster than to design and build one from scratch. The longest roller coaster in the world is “The Beast” at King’s Island, Ohio at 1.4 miles long. The oldest operating roller coaster is the “Zippin Pippin” at Libertyland Amusement park in Memphis, TN. It was build in 1915. Cedar Point in Sandusky Ohio has more roller coasters (12) in one park than anywhere else. This includes the RAPTOR, which is the fastest inverted roller coaster to be found anywhere.

People love roller coasters. There is something about the thrill of the flight, the speed, and the danger that captures people’s imagination. Roller coasters provide a thrill that is somehow invigorating. They are, as I stated earlier intense.

I have been wondering why it is that people in the church lack intensity. I hear the reasons—people are busy, life is hectic, there is too much pressure on the job, and the kids. I hear people say they are tired and have no energy. Therefore, sometimes church and ministry don’t rank real high on their personal priority list. When I hear these excuses I realize that the person offering them has either forgotten or never really experienced the thrill and excitement that comes from living a life for Jesus.

One of my prayers is that I would bring intensity to my relationship with Christ. The joy that comes as a result is more fulfilling and rewarding than any amusement park fun could ever hope to recreate. As a matter of fact you can only find real reward, joy, and satisfaction in Jesus .How about it. . .try a little intensity in your journey of faith.

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