(Revised: 2010)

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A. I’m sure you’ve noticed that each year almost all the major news magazines put out an issue with special pictorial sections recalling people & events that made news during the previous year.

Many magazines also include articles by experts predicting what they expect to see happening in the years ahead. Some even go so far as to make predictions covering 10, 20, or more years in the future. In the past, a few of these predictions have proven amazingly accurate, while others couldn’t have been more wrong.

ILL. For example, back in 1967, experts predicted that by the turn of the century technology would have taken over so much of the work we do that the average American work week would be only 22 hours long, & that we would work only 27 weeks a year. As a result, one of our biggest problems would be in deciding what to do with all our leisure time.

Well, I don’t know about you, but that prediction certainly missed the mark as far as my life was concerned!

In fact, most of us seem to be very busy. We’re always in a hurry. We walk fast, & talk fast, & eat fast. And after we eat, all too often, we stand up & say, "Excuse me. I’ve gotta run."

B. So here we are, at the first Sunday of 2010. I wonder how we’ll do this year? Will we be as busy? Will we make any better use of our time? In 362 days, when this year is over, will we be looking back with joy, or with regret? Will we be looking at the future with anticipation, or with dread?

There is a passage of Scripture that I believe can be of help to us as we look forward to the rest of 2010 if we’ll listen to it. The passage is Ephesians 5:15 17, & here is what it says, "Be very careful, then, how you live not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is."

PROP. I think that in this passage the Apostle Paul presents some important lessons that we need to consider.


A. First of all, we must be very careful how we live because our time on this earth is limited.

The Psalmist wrote, "Show me, O Lord, my life’s end & the number of my days; let me know how fleeting is my life" (39:4). And again, "The length of our days is 70 years or 80, if we have the strength...they quickly pass, & we fly away" (90:10).

Now, I realize that for some of you younger folk, 70 or 80 years sounds like a long, long time. In fact, I can remember when I thought anyone over 40 was ancient. But no longer. It is all rather relative, isn’t it?

ILL. For example, for teenagers in love talking together in the car, an hour or two seems like a blink of an eye.
Coz Von of The Remnant
June 24, 2016
,good sermon
William Osigian
December 31, 2015
,Thank you Pastor, I needed that encouragement and exhortation. William Osigian of Calvary Chapel of Asheville.
Christian A. Nacido
December 30, 2015
,I really love this message. it touches my soul and ignite my relationship with Jesus. Glory to God in your life,
Neas Polin
December 31, 2014
great message Pastor,awesome..
Clark Struebing
January 12, 2014
Great message pastor. I feel one of your best. God bless you.
Olofintoye Thomas Tunde
December 30, 2013
Real life facts addressed. An evergreen sermon indeed. Keep it up. Rev. (Prof) Olofintoye Thomas Tunde, Faith Community Gospel Church, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Olofintoye Thomas Tunde
December 30, 2013
Real life facts addressed. An evergreen sermon indeed. Keep it up. Rev. (Prof) Olofintoye Thomas Tunde, Faith Community Gospel Church, Ado-Ekiti, Nigeria.
Max York
January 2, 2013
A great message. We indeed tend to look back at what was instead of ahead of what could be.
It''s a great sermon.
Tofu Asaeli
December 25, 2012
Great message for all times....thank you, Pastor Newland.
George Robinson of Church Of Christ
January 4, 2012
It is a marvellous sermon and challenging one for the New Year in the Lords Work
Roy Iness
January 1, 2010
Relevant to our time and where the Church is today.
Israel Kumar
December 29, 2009
Thank you for putting this message here. Its wonderful making us to think serious about new year.
Phil Laws
December 29, 2009
Excellent sermon for New Year! Thanks for your insights.
Daren Barwick
January 7, 2009
Great message of hope and seeking God''s direction for the year. Thanks!
Excellent message and well done!
Douglas Bailey
January 1, 2008
I have enjoyed the sermon for it can touch the hearts of many,in an understanding way.thanks.
Bro Newland always offers a biblical basis for his themes and has continuity in his flow!
James Stewart of Faith Lighthouse Church
December 28, 2007
It truly is an awesome word.
Fernand Saint-louis
December 26, 2007
A great message. I wish it would be in the French language... so to give it to my French speaking congregation.
Jeffrey Hayes of Faith Temple
December 30, 2006
Pastor Newland's teachings are always so practical and Biblically based!