A Time to Start Again


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New Year's Message 1/1/2012

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A Time to Start Again

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