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New Year's Message 1/1/2012

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  • 1. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Time for Everything
    • 1.There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
    • 2.a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot,
    • 3.a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build,
    • 4.a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,
    • 5.a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain,
    • 6.a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away,
    • 7.a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak,
    • 8.a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
  • 2. A Time to Start Again Getting Past your Past (2011 mistakes). A Fresh Start Again 2012
  • 3. I. Admit our Failures
    • Other people can hurt us,
    • other people can harm us,
    • and other people can scar us.
    • But the only person that can ruin your life is you.
  • 4. Proverbs 28:13
    • “ A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confess and forsakes them he gets another chance.”
  • 5. II. Refocus our Thoughts
    • Proverbs 4:23
    • " Be careful how you think. Your life is shaped by your thoughts."
    • The way you think, determines the way you feel. And the way you feel determines the way you act.
    • If you want to change your actions, just change the way you think and it will inevitably change the way you act.
  • 6. Have a Good Attitude about yourself
    • ILL. There is an old story about a happy little boy who went out into the field wearing a baseball cap. In one hand he carried a baseball, & in the other a baseball bat. His face looks with confidence…
    • Like the little boy with the bat, that your attitude, your frame of mind, your reaction to its events will largely determine whether it is a year of victory or a year of defeat.
  • 7. III. Change our Priorities
    • Research what people do with their time
    • If we live to be 75 years old
  • 8.
    • Most of us will have spent 3 solid years, 24 hours a day, acquiring an education - grade school, high school & college.
    • We’ll have spent 7 years eating, 24 hours a day, - some more, some less, obviously.
    • We’ll have spent 14 years, day & night, working.
    • We’ll have spent 5 years riding in automobiles, trains or airplanes.
  • 9.
    • We’ll have spent 5 years talking with each other -again some more & some less.
    • We’ll have spent 1 year sick or recovering from sickness.
    • We’ll have spent 24 years of our life sleeping!
    • We’ll have spent 3 years reading books, magazines & newspapers.
  • 10.
    • And 12 years amusing ourselves - watching TV, going to the movies, fishing, etc.
    • That totals up to 75 years - & that is what the researchers say, on the average, most of us will have done with our lives.
  • 11. Application
    • As we looked at these statistics and begin thinking.
    • Let’s suppose that you spent every Sunday of your life, for 75 years - through infancy, childhood, adulthood, old age - in God’s Church worshiping during the Church Service. Now if you did, how much time would you have spent worshiping God?
    • Figure it out - the answer is less than 5 1/2 months.
  • 12. IV. Change continues when we Depend on God
    • We don’t need to depend on ourselves.
    • We’ve already proven that we can’t do it on our own.
    • Zechariah 4:6 “ You will not succeed by your own strength or power but by My Spirit, says the Lord. ”
  • 13. Getting Past your Past (2011 mistakes). A Fresh Start Again on 2012 A Time to Start Again Admit our Mistakes Refocus our Thinking Change our Priorities Continue to Depend on God