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					Going Public With Your Faith
by Remy Diederich
www.cedarbrookchurch.net




One thing that is really fun about speaking here at Cedarbrook is that I’m speaking to people
with such a diverse background. For instance, we have people here who have been following
Jesus for 30 years and know the Bible inside and out. And sitting right next to them is someone
who’s not so sure God even exists but they are willing to come here and check out the
possibility. And then there’s everyone in between. I love that diversity. And I hope you realize
that it’s okay to be wherever you are in the process.

Then we also have people from all kinds of religious backgrounds. Let me just take a little poll
here. How many people were raised Catholic? Lutheran? Baptist? Pentecostal? How about
another religion all together?

Speaking of Catholics and Lutherans, I have a story for you. Forty years ago, when I was a kid
growing up in the Catholic church, there was a rule that you couldn’t eat meat on Friday.
Now that dates me. Some of you remember that. It was so widely held to that schools always
served fishsticks on Fridays. The funny thing about that rule that we came up with every excuse
in the book to justify why eating meat on THIS Friday was okay.

Well, there was this man by the name of Ole who had just quit farming. He moved to a town
where he discovered he was the only Lutheran. Everyone else was Catholic. That was okay, but
the neighbors had a problem with his barbecuing beef every Friday because of the no meat rule,
but the tempting aroma was getting the best of them. They were pretty upset so they got together
and confronted Ole.

"Ole," they said, "since you are the only Lutheran in this whole town and there's not a
Lutheran church for many miles, we think you should join our church and become a
Catholic." Ole thought about it for a minute and decided they were right. Ole talked to the priest,
and they arranged it.

The big day came, and the priest had Ole kneel. He put his hand on Ole's head and said, "Ole,
you were born a Lutheran, you were raised a Lutheran, and now," he said as he sprinkled
some holy water over Ole's head, " you are a Catholic!"

Both Ole and the neighbors were happy. It was a real win-win situation for everyone. But the
following Friday evening, the aroma of grilled beef still drifted over from Ole's yard. The
neighbors went to talk to him about this, and as they approached the fence they heard Ole saying
something strangely familiar to the steak: "You were born a beef, you were raised a beef, and
now" he said as he sprinkled a little seasoning over the meat, "you are a fish!"

Well, my point is, since our backgrounds are so diverse… when I talk about different aspects of
the faith I think it’s important that I make an effort to define my terms. What I mean is that I
can’t assume that we all believe the same thing or see things from the same perspective.




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For example, if I asked ten people here to define what it means to be a Christian, or how to
become a Christian, I bet I’d get at least four different answers.

Gordon Smith is bible scholar who studied both the Bible and church history to discover what
the components were of becoming a Christian. He came up with seven components that he thinks
are crucial. These are the seven…
    1. Believe in Jesus as God and Savior of the world.
    2. Acknowledge personal sin and a having desire to change.
    3. Trust God for personal forgiveness. That Jesus died for you.
    4. Commit to follow Jesus and live a new life.
    5. Be Baptized
    6. Receive God’s Spirit.
    7. Join the life of the church.

He said each one of these is key- To leave one out is to haven an incomplete faith.

Over the past few months I’ve spoken about four or five of these seven components. But this
morning I want to talk specifically about baptism. Now, I wouldn’t normally take two weeks to
talk about baptism. I’ll probably never do it again. But since we are a new church, and there are
so many differing views on baptism, I want to take time to explain it as best I can. And I’m also
hoping that after hearing me teach on it that many of you will sign up to be baptized on June
22nd.

In just a minute, I’m going to show us what the Bible has to say about baptism. But first, let me
tell you the three main thoughts about baptism.

One is that Baptism confers faith… in other words, some people teach that simply being
baptized will qualify you for heaven -that if you’ve been sprinkled or dipped or whatever, you’ve
got your ticket. And that’s why infants need to be baptized as quickly as possible in case they
die. Now, this view is very wrong and has no basis in the Bible. I can’t tell you how many
people have come to me in fear that a family member is in hell today simply because they didn’t
get baptized.

The second one is Baptism preceeds faith. Here, baptism is the church’s way of extending
God’s grace to people even as an infant. This view doesn’t believe that baptism qualifies a
person for heaven, but rather baptism starts people in the process of moving toward God in hopes
that they will eventually choose to follow Jesus.

Now, I personally don’t think this is modeled in the Bible. I think it came about as a result of
church tradition and culture. But, I don’t think it’s wrong or bad at all. And I know for some
people it’s very meaningful. I’ll say more about this a little later.

The third view is that Baptism follows faith. This is my personal view. Baptism immediately
follows a person’s conversion to Jesus as a way of marking and symbolizing their new life in
Christ. Infants AREN’T baptized but rather dedicated to God in prayer.

So, with this overview in mind, let’s see what the Bible says about baptism in the early church.




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First, the Bible tells us that Jesus was baptized.

Then Jesus went from Galilee to the Jordan River to be baptized by John. But John didn't want to
baptize him. "I am the one who needs to be baptized by you," he said, "so why are you coming to
me?" But Jesus said, "It must be done, because we must do everything that is right. " So then
John baptized him. After his baptism, as Jesus came up out of the water, the heavens were
opened and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and settling on him. 17And a voice
from heaven said, "This is my beloved Son, and I am fully pleased with him." Mt. 3:13-15

If Jesus went out of his way to be baptized, I have to believe it was important. He said it HAD to
be done. It was the RIGHT thing to do. You know, I can be pretty simplistic - which means that
when I see that something is good enough for Jesus…then it’s good enough for me. If Jesus
thought it was right to be baptized, it’s hard for me to argue with that.

Second, the Bible tells us that the apostles commanded us to be baptized. After Peter’s first
sermon, Peter has the people on the edge of their seats. They ask him what they must do to be
saved, or accepted by God. The Bible says…

Peter replied, "Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. Then you will receive the gift of the Holy
Spirit…Those who believed what Peter said were baptized and added to the church--about three
thousand in all. Acts 2:38-41

Peter saw baptism as inseparable from turning to Jesus. I don’t think he would have gone so far
as to say that if you didn’t get baptized you wouldn’t go to heaven but for Peter faith and baptism
always went together.

Third, The Bible tells us that baptism is the New Testament model for new believers. That is,
every convert in the New Testament was baptized. You never read about a person turning to
Christ without being baptized. For example, when Philip, who was one of the apostles, went out
preaching and people turned to God, it says…

… the people believed Philip's message of Good News concerning the Kingdom of God and the
name of Jesus Christ. As a result, many men and women were baptized.. Acts 8:12

Then, when Philip was done preaching he met up with an official from Ethiopia who was reading
the Bible. The man didn’t understand what the Bible was saying so Philip took the opportunity to
share the news about Jesus. Baptism must have been a significant part of Phillip’s message
because listen to what it says…

As they rode along, they came to some water, and the eunuch said, "Look! There's some water!
Why can't I be baptized?" He ordered the carriage to stop, and they went down into the water,
and Philip baptized him. Acts 8:37,38

So Philip must have closely associated baptism with what it meant to be a believer for this man
to get so excited when he saw the water. I don’t see a lot of people getting excited about baptism
today but I think that’s because we don’t have the same message that Philip had.




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Fourth, the Bible tells us that Jesus commanded us to be baptized, or rather commanded the
apostles to baptize. Just before Jesus returned to heaven he told his apostles…
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father
and the Son and the Holy Spirit, Matt 28:19

For Jesus, a part of becoming a follower, was being baptized. When he sent his apostles out to
preach, he expected them to baptize their converts. Who was baptized? Disciples, people who
had decided to follow and obey Jesus’ teaching.

And finally, the Bible tells us that baptism symbolizes an inward spiritual reality. Baptism is
a chance to stop and celebrate an invisible spiritual reality. It’s a way of making tangible
something that is intangible. And because we can’t touch our faith or show it to others, baptism
gives us a place in time to point to and say… “God did something in my life and I’m marking
this event by being baptized”

Next week my whole message will deal with what baptism symbolizes.

Now, if baptism is so important, why do some people choose to not get baptized? Well, I thought
of six reasons people choose to not be baptized…

First, they’ve already been baptized as an infant. Some people see getting baptized as an
adult as being redundant. They already did and they don’t think they need to do it again.
And there are others that feel like if they get baptized as an adult it somehow negates the
meaning of their infant baptism. In fact, they might find the idea of adult baptism offensive for
this reason. But I don’t think either of these thoughts is true.

Infant baptism and adult baptism have different meanings. They are both done for different
reasons. It’s like comparing apples and oranges. Infant baptism has more to do with
communicating God’s acceptance to an infant and the parent’s commitment to raise them in a
godly household. Adult baptism is more closely linked with a personal decision to follow Jesus.
I don’t think it’s an either/or situation. It’s a both/and situation. So, if you were baptized as an
infant, and you’ve committed your life to following Jesus, I’d encourage you to be baptized as an
adult.

The second reason people aren’t baptized is that they fear being embarrassed. Many of us are
afraid of doing something in public, especially in regard to religion. It’s really not culturally
acceptable in the German/Scandanavian northland to go public with your faith. We’re supposed
to keep our faith to ourselves. But I think it’s important to identify yourself with Jesus. Jesus
said…

"And I assure you of this: If anyone acknowledges me publicly here on earth, I, the Son of Man,
will openly acknowledge that person in the presence of God's angels. 9But if anyone denies me
here on earth, I will deny that person before God's angels. Luke 12:8,9

When I got married, Lisa and we sent out 500 invitations, we stood up in front of 300 people and
took vows. We exchanged rings. We had a party. We let the world know that we had made a
commitment to each other. I think it’s important that we make a similar announcement about our




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faith in God. When you go public with your commitments, it has a way of making it real. And I
think many times people’s faith FEELS real when they get baptized.

Pat Summerall, the well known sports announcer, overcame alcoholism and became a follower
of Christ in his late sixties. He said this about water baptism:

"I went down in the water, and when I came up it was like a 40-pound weight had been lifted
from me. I have a happier life, a healthy life, and a more positive feeling about life than ever
before."

Another reason people don’t get baptized is they are afraid of offending their parents. Many
people fear that they will offend their parents and also fear that their parents will reject them over
it. I think this is a valid concern.

I faced this. Not with baptism but with marriage. When Lisa and I didn’t get married in the
Catholic Church, our parents were hurt. It felt like we were rejecting them. But it was a chance
for us to make a public statement about our faith as well as who we were as a couple. We were
choosing to do things differently. We wanted to respect our parents, but we still had to do what
we felt God was calling us to do, even though it made our parents uncomfortable.

So, if you are afraid of offending your parents, I think you need to communicate to your family
that you aren’t replacing your infant baptism, you are adding to it. You aren’t rejecting what it
meant to them, but you are trying to make your faith complete. I think if you put it that way,
they’ll respect you.

The fourth reason people don’t get baptized is they don’t understand the symbolism. They
don’t see the significance of getting dunked in a pool of water. It seems like some ancient
religious ritual that doesn’t mean anything today. But the truth is, it has a LOT of meaning. As I
said before, I’ll answer this in more detail next week as to what it symbolizes.

The fifth reason is that they don’t want to be a hypocrite. I’ve heard some people say that they
are afraid that their lifestyle won’t match their commitment. They feel like they have to be
perfect to be baptized. But that’s not true at all. We are making a commitment to follow Jesus,
not a commitment to be perfect. But I know that the more I follow Jesus, the more perfect I’ll
become.

And the last reason people may not get baptized is they simply don’t feel like it. You know, we
live in a world that doesn’t like to do anything unless they can see a personal benefit. If
something makes us feel uncomfortable or inconvenienced in any way, we tend to avoid it. But I
think it’s important to develop an attitude toward God that says, “God, I don’t understand this,
and I really don’t want to do it but I’m going to do it to please you”.

You know, Jesus wasn’t afraid to be inconvenienced in order to identify with us. When Jesus
allowed himself to be crucified for us he was declaring to the world that He loved us and was
committed to us. I think we should be willing to identify with him. Whether we feel like it or
not, we should being willing to tell the world that we love Jesus and we are committed to
following him.




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Well, I bet there are some of you here who have never seen a baptism service before. Let me
show one to you. I have a video of a Willowcreek Church baptism. Now, there’s an inside joke
going on between the pastor and one of the men. You’ll notice that the pastor holds one man
under the water a long time. That’s because the pastor kidded him saying that the Bible says the
bigger a sinner you are, the longer you have to stay under water. So you’ll see them laughing
about that. This man’s baptism was a special joy to Bill, the pastor, because he had been this
man’s friend for about eight years and he finally softened his heart and came to believe.

VIDEO- Willowcreek Baptism

When those people entered the water, they were following a long line of believers dating back all
the way to Jesus. I think it’s a real privilege to count yourself in that number. There aren’t many
traditions that link us with other believers like that through the years.

If you are a sincere believer and follower of Jesus and you haven’t been baptized as an adult, I
hope you’ll sign up this morning to be baptized on June 22. It’s going to be an exciting time.




Going Public With Your Faith – Part 2
by Remy Diederich
www.cedarbrookchurch.net


I’m pretty passionate about baptism. Our culture is always pushing against us and our faith. We
need to take advantage of every opportunity we can to push back the other way. Baptism helps
us to do that. I think it’s a great way to go public with your faith.

But as strongly as I believe what I do, I also recognize that there are other ways to view baptism.
So before I finish telling you why I think baptism is important, I want to invite Bev Svendsen to
join me to give us some of her perspective.

Dialogue with Bev- [ Bev sees infant baptism as a strong symbol of God’s grace – that is, the
gift of salvation is extended to us when we are unable to “perform” for God. The child’s parents
and church community are responsible to raise them with the understanding of what their
baptism means.

Though I can see the significance of this, in practice, it doesn’t always work. Many parents
baptize their children without a sincere faith in God. I believe that most people are like me, they
were baptized as an infant but that baptism was never explained to them and has no meaning to
them. Therefore, being baptized as an adult is a good step to take.

At Cedarbrook, we don’t baptize infants, but I wanted to give Bev’s view a voice to show that we
respect others and want them to feel welcome at Cedarbrook.]

You know, I think God allows certain levels of difference in the body of Christ so we have a
bigger view of God. One thing I want to foster here is a respect for differing viewpoints within
the church. One of the complaints that unchurched people often have is “Why are there so many


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denominations?” “Why can’t they agree?” But I think the real question they are asking is…if
they call themselves Christians, why can’t they show more love for one another? I think that’s a
fair question. At Cedarbrook, I want us to be able to agree to disagree. I want Cedarbrook to be
a place where we can feel free to express who we are without being shamed for “thinking
wrong”.


Baptism as a symbol

In just a minute, I’m going to tell you what baptism symbolizes. But before I do that, I want to
talk about the importance of symbols in general. You see, sometimes people don’t bother with
baptism because they say, “Well, it’s JUST a symbol”, meaning that, because it’s a symbol, it’s
not very important and you can take it or leave it.

But I want you to think about that statement…it’s JUST a symbol. Saying that implies that
symbols have no purpose or power. But isn’t that why we have symbols- to powerfully
communicate something that can’t always be said in words? Is my wedding ring JUST a
symbol? No, my ring is a powerful reminder of my love and devotion to my wife. It not only
communicates when I wear it, it communicates when I DON’T wear it.

If I don’t wear my ring, what does that communicate? To some people that might communicate
that I’m not married and available. What would my lack of a ring communicate to Lisa? Maybe
that I’m not committed to her. Or that I’ve lost interest in her.

Even though my ring is just a piece of metal, it is not JUST a symbol. It’s a powerful
communicator. Whether I wear it or not, it communicates something. In the same way, baptism
is not JUST a symbol . Baptism is a powerful statement, to both Jesus and the world, about your
faith. Baptism makes visible an invisible work of God.

So, what does baptism symbolize?

First, baptism symbolizes that your sins are washed away- that you are forgiven. When Peter
finished his first sermon, he connected forgiveness with baptism.

Peter replied, "Each of you must turn from your sins and turn to God, and be baptized in the
name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. …Acts 2:38

Later on in the book of Acts, it talks about Ananias and Paul. Ananias was the person who told
the apostle Paul about Jesus. When Paul believed in Jesus, Ananias said to him…

And now, why delay? Get up and be baptized, and have your sins washed away, calling on the
name of the Lord.' Acts 22:16

So it’s clear from these two verses that baptism symbolized forgiveness in the early church.

I said before that baptism makes the invisible, visible. Now this is where I think baptism could
help some of us. Some of us really have trouble feeling God’s forgiveness. We know it’s true,
but we just can’t feel it. But baptism can make it real for us in a tangible way.



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We all know what it’s like to take a bath and feel clean. At least I hope we do! When I lived on
a farm a few years ago, it was my job to clean out the barn. That means taking out the manure.

One day I was having trouble with the barn cleaner. That’s the chain that moves through the
gutter and takes the manure out of the barn. It was getting clogged and I had manure all over the
place. Mostly on me! When I got home Lisa pointed me right to the bathroom for a shower!
Let me tell you…it felt good to be clean! Nothing feels better than a hot shower when you are
really dirty.

Well, that’s how baptism feels to someone who’s been weighed down by sin. They can’t touch
God’s forgiveness but they can feel the water on their body. They can imagine their sin being
washed away. And they walk out of the water feeling clean - like a new person. Baptism takes
God’s invisible forgiveness and makes it visible. The book of Hebrews puts it this way…

Let us draw near [to God] with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts
sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Heb. 10:22

When we bought the church a computer, we bought Microsoft XP. If you have XP, you know it
has a program called “system restore”. That means that if your computer crashes, you can enter
a date that the computer was working and it will restore all the information that was there on that
day.

I’d like the copyright to market a human version of system restore. I think it would be a big
seller! Wouldn’t you like to restore your life to what it was like before your big mistakes? Your
harsh words? Your immorality? Your indiscretion? Well, God has created a “system restore”
for you and me, and it’s called forgiveness. He wipes our slate clean and gives us a fresh start.
Baptism is a visual reminder of that.

Second, baptism symbolizes that our former life is dead and buried. The apostle Paul wrote in
the Bible…

Have you forgotten that when we became Christians and were baptized to become one with
Christ Jesus, we died with him? 4For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. Romans
6:3,4

We died with Jesus by baptism? That’s an odd thought. What does that mean? Paul is saying
that baptism is a symbol that we died right along with Jesus. Baptism symbolizes that we died to
our self-centered life.

This talk of death might seem a little morbid, but Jesus often spoke of following him as a death.

Then Jesus said to the disciples, "If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your
selfish ambition, shoulder your cross, and follow me. 25If you try to keep your life for yourself,
you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life. Matthew 16:24,25

Jesus also said…
“Unless a grain of wheat fall into the ground and dies, it remains by itself alone; but if it dies, it
bears much fruit.” John 12:24



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In our culture today, we want to have it both ways. We want to live our own life and still be
considered a good Christian. But the Bible says that the only good Christian is a dead one…dead
to our own desires.

When Paul spoke about what it meant for him to live for Jesus he said…

I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the
body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. Gal. 2:20

Paul saw himself as dead to his former life, but alive to God in his new life. How about you?
Are you dead to your old life or is it still kicking pretty good?

Just like many of us need to feel forgiven, some of us need to feel dead to our old life. Our old
life has such a strong pull on us that we need to give it a funeral. And that’s what baptism is all
about. We need to feel the water cover our body and imagine our old life dying and being left in
the water.

Finally, baptism symbolizes that you now live by the power of God’s Spirit- when you come out
of the water it symbolizes a resurrection.

For we died and were buried with Christ by baptism. And just as Christ was raised from the
dead by the glorious power of the Father, now we also may live new lives. Romans 6:4

I think the new life that Jesus offers us is one of the most overlooked aspects of our faith. We
know that our faith involves believing things about God and doing things for God. But I think
most of us totally miss that God has a new life that he wants to give us. Just like God breathed
new life into Jesus after he died. God wants to breathe new life into us. And that is also
symbolized by baptism.

Some of you have trouble believing you can live a new life. You’ve been living your old life for
so long you lack the faith to believe God can change you. That’s why baptism is such a powerful
symbol. It’s like a little drama, acting out your death and resurrection. I think that will help
some of you activate the new life you’ve been wanting. It’s not magic. But that’s the power of a
symbol - it helps take something invisible and make it real for you.

So baptism symbolizes that…
       1. your sins are washed away
       2. your former life is dead and buried and
       3. you now live by the power of God’s spirit.
As long as we baptize people on a regular basis, we’ll keep these truths in front of us. But when
we lose the symbol, we lose the message too.

Last Sunday I said that one of the reasons that people don’t get baptized is because they were
baptized as infants. And they aren’t sure they need to be baptized as an adult. We have a skit for
you here that might shed some more light on the benefit of being baptized again as an adult.

Drama- (see below for script)




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Baptism is a great way to drive a stake in the ground and say, from this time on, I’m living a new
life for Jesus. Again, it gives you that tangible day and time that you can point to and say, on
June 22, 2003, I decided to live a new life.

If you are follower of Jesus, I hope you’ll seriously consider being baptized.



DEARLY BELOVED

The scene opens with a man watching TV and woman walking into the room, carrying groceries.

Tracy- Rick- can you give me a hand with these?

Rick- Sure, honey. When did you get home? (Looks back to tv)

Tracy- (sees that he is not listening) Just afetr I got done milking the cow and chasing the chickens.

R- That’s nice

T- Rolls eyes- puts away gr oceries....Rick, do you remember what happened in the summer 12 years ago?

R- Half listening....Sure do

T- (Picks up wedding photo and looks at it).We were married!

R- The Twins won the world series! (both are distracted, and neither hears the others)

T, R (together)- What a great summer!

T- I’ll never forget it

R- Neither will I- it was so exciting

T- We’ve been through a lot since then.

R- It’s really been downhill since then.

T Rick!

R- Well, Tracy, you have to admit it- I mean I’m as loyal as they come, but you can’t deny it.

T- Well, maybe it’s a lot worse than I realized.

R- Don’t worry- it will be better again, I’m sure. They did make it to the playoffs last year.

T- Who?

R- The Twins, silly- Who did you think I was talking about?

T- The Twins?

R- You started talking about their champion season 12 years ago.

T- Not the Twins! I was talking about our marriage.




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R- Our marriage?

T- You remember- for better, or for worse (looks at Rick)

R- Well, it hasn’t been that bad, has it?

T- Other than the 12 year downhill slide, it’s been great........ Actually, I’ve been thinking about our anniversary.
R_ I have been too. We should take a trip- just the 2 of us- maybe go on a cruise.

T- Do you know what I’d like to do? Get married again.

R- Married again? To who?

T- You, silly.

R- Why would you want to get married to me again.

T- Sometimes I ask myself the same question.

R- Very funny. But why should we get married again- we’re already married.

T- (Turns off TV)We’re married, but we never had a true wedding. Eloping seemed like a good idea at the time, but
sometimes I think it would be nice to celebrate with our family and friends.

R- Great- let’s throw ourselves a big party and invite everyone that we know. We don’t have to have a wedding to
do that.

T- But the wedding ceremony is so meaningful. The music- the vows, the photos, me in a gown- you in a tux.

R- Me in a tux? Absolutely not! I am not putting on one of those monkey suits. Why do you want to go through all
this? What was wrong with our wedding?

T- There was nothing wrong with it. We’re legally married, and another ceremony won’t change anything. I thought
it might be meaningful- I thought you’d want to stand up in front of everyone and tell them that I’m still the one you
love- that if you had to do it all again, you’d do it all again.

R- Of course I love you. But dressing up in silly clothes and repeating some words doesn’t say I Love You.

T- Sometimes seeing the same thing in a different way can make it more real.

R- Tracy, that’s the dumbest things you’ve ever said! Only the female mind could come up with something that
stupid. If something happened, going through it again doesn’t make it any more real.

T- Look, let’s just drop it. I don’t want to do this if it’s not something that you want to do. It doesn’t mean anything
if I know you’re that unhappy about it.

R- Well, it’s not that I mind telling you that I love you. You make it sound like I’m not romantic.

T- Does “the dumbest thing you’ve ever said” sound romantic to you?

R- No, I shouldn’t have said that. I’m sorry. It wasn’t the dumbest thing you ever said.....Er, ..Um...No, I didn’t
mean it that way,...

T- Look, things are going from bad to worse. Let’s just forget it. I’ll be out in the garden. (Leaves)

Rick turns on TV. Sports announcers are heard off-stage...

Announcer 1 And here’s the play of the day. You won’t see a double play like this every day.



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Annoncer 2 You’re right, Bob. Look at the way the second baseman scoops the ball with the glove hand and shovels
it to the shortstop in one motion.

Announcer 1 And the relay to first base just beats the runner for the double play.

Announcer 2 I could watch this play over and over. (Rick says- Me too) Here’s the slow motion view from the
outfield camera. You know, Bob, sometimes, seeing the same thing in a different way can make you appreciate it
more- it can make it more real. (Rick does a double take- has a confused look on his face)

Annoucer 1 You’re right Phil. In fact that’s rather profound. Maybe you could repeat that- There may be some of
our viewers that have trouble understanding that.

Announcer 2 What I said was that sometimes seeing the same thing in a different way can make you appreciate it
more- It can make an event more real in your life and your memory.

Announcer 1 I couldn’t have said it better myself. Let’s take a look at that double play one more time...


Rlck turns off TV, puzzled....Tracy, did you...? No, you couldn’t have. (calls) Tracy....Tracy...You won’t believe it,
but I just heard the most profound thing on Sports Center. (leaves the stage)




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