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Summary: As we celebrate this most blessed occasion, I'm reminded of a song that says "Ring out the old..Ring in the new." God is the giver of many new wonderful things. Now- to you and me, God is giving a new year. Now, we have not lived for God as we should,but

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Genesis - Chapter 3: verses 7, 20 and 21.

They sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons. And

Adam called his wife's name Eve, because she was the mother of

all living. For Adam also and for his wife did the Lord God make

coats of skins, and clothed them.

A NEW LEAF ON LIFE

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As we celebrate this most blessed occasion, I'm reminded of

a song that says "Ring out the old..Ring in the new." God is the

giver of many new wonderful things. Now- to you and me, God is

giving a new year. Now, we have not lived for God as we should,

but He has now given us a chance to make a new start.

This new start may mean to some a new hope.

This new start may mean to some a new dream.

This new start many mean to some a job.

This new start many mean to some a new position or

responsibilities. Church, it is time for all of us to write a new story on a clean page. Church, for all of us to turn over a new leaf and A NEW LEAF ON LIFE

In our text, taken from the 1st book of the Pentateuch, the

book of new beginnings.. Genesis is the book of beginnings.

Genesis records the beginning of the heaven and earth, of plants,

animals, and human life. Genesis records also all human institutions

and relationships. Genesis speaks of the new birth, the new creation

where all was chaos and ruin. Genesis begins the progressive self

revelation of God which culminates in Christ.

Genesis records the problem of sin as affecting man's conditions

on the earth and his relationship to God, and the divine solution

of that problem.

Genesis enters into the very structure of the New Testament.

The roots of all subsequent revelation are planted deep in the book

of Genesis, and whoever would truly comprehend that revelation must

begin here.

Genesis inspiration and character as a divine revelation are

authenticated by the testimony of Jesus Christ, and supplemented

by the testimony of history. Archaeology bears xvitness to the

reliability of Genesis.

Genesis is divided or may be divided into five parts.

1 . Creation ; 2 . The fall and the Promise of Redemption;

3. The Diverse Seeds; Cain and Seth, to the flood;

4. The Flood to Bahel; and 5. The call of Abraham to the

death of Joseph.

Church, allow me to summarize and say that Genesis is the book

of origins. It gives the account of all creation, tells of the

establishment of the family, the origin of sin, the giving of

divine revelation, the development of the human race, and the

inauguration of God's plan of redemption through His chosen people.

It presents eternal truths, resolves enigmas, mysteries, and

puzzling situations in the light of God's will. Genesis takes the

reader to the moment when the omnipotent Creator spoke into being

the matchless wonders of the sun, moon, stars, planets, galaxies,

plants, and moving creatures, and the one whom he made in His

image. In these fifty chapters, the inspired writer tells how

sin came stealthily and relentlessly to bring ruin, disfigurement,

and death; He reveals the tragic fruits of sin in defeat; and shows

how, later, the accumulated wickedness of men almost brought

annihilation to human society. Moses, our writer, traces the

growth of the new race, and finally the exciting careers of Abraham,

Isaac, Jacob, and Jacob's children.

Genesis has 50 chapters; 1,533 verses; and 38,267 words. Our

text stems from verse 7, 20, and 21 of the third chapter of the

book of Genesis.

"And they sewed fig leaves, and made themselves aprons"

A NEW LEAF ON LIFE

And they sewed fig leaves together, and made themselves aprons,

for they knew they were naked.

Now, I do not know what they used for thread or needles, but

I know that in this document, there are some serious spiritually

implications that are relevant even today.

Adam and Eve found them selved naked, through disobedience.

Now, if we were to be honest with ourselves, and reflect back over

the previous year of ____..Can we earnestly say that we put forth

100%? Can we earnestly say that we loved our neighbors as ourselves.

Can we earnestly say that we did not break any of the ten (10)

commandments. Can we earnestly say that we gave God what rightfully

belonged to him. His 10% of all our earnings. Through disobedience, we find ourselved naked, and we do what Adam and Eve did. They tried to hide from Him that create them.

That's like my son Anthone' trying to hide from me, and I have been with him all the time. Naked through disobedience.

Bishop., what are the serious spiritual implications you

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