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Summary: This sermon works well on the Sunday after we turn our clocks back one hour.

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Back In Time

Ecclessiastes 3:1-4

1To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

2A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted;

3A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to

build up;

4A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to

dance;

At 2:00 this morning, Daylight Savings Time came to an end.

We moved our clocks back one hour.

Essentially, we got to go back in time.

That’s something that has fascinated mankind.

There have been numerous science fiction movies produced

about going back in time.

Back to the Future is a 1985 American science-fiction adventure.

It stars Michael J. Fox as teenager Marty McFly,

Marty McFly is dating his girlfriend Jennifer Parker.

His father George is bullied by his supervisor, Biff Tannen.

His mother Lorraine is an overweight, depressed alcoholic.

Lorraine recalls at the dinner table one night

how she met George when her father hit him with a car.

On October 26, 1985, Marty meets scientist Dr. Emmett Brown.

Doc unveils a time machine

And demonstrates the time navigation system

by punching in the date November 5, 1955.

Inadvertently Marty activates the time machine,

and arrives in 1955

where he meets his future parents in high school.

Unfortunately, Marty becomes his mother's romantic interest.

Marty realizes that he has prevented his parents from meeting

and Doc warns Marty that he will be erased from existence

if he does not find a way to introduce George to Lorraine.

Dr. Brown Marty him repair the damage to history

by helping him cause his parents to fall in love.

When Lorraine asks Marty to the upcoming school dance,

Marty concocts a plan for George to "rescue" her

from his put on inappropriate advances.

The plan goes wrong when a drunken Biff

attempts to force himself on Lorraine.

George arrives to rescue her from Marty, but finds Biff instead.

George knocks out Biff and Lorraine follows George to the dance

where they kiss and fall in love

while Marty plays music with the band.

Satisfied that he has secured his future existence,

Marty leaves to meet Doc.

Marty and Doc must also find a way to return Marty to 1985.

As a storm arrives, Marty returns to the clock tower

and the lightning strikes on cue,

sending Marty back to October 1985.

Marty awakens the next morning to find his family changed:

George is a self-confident, successful author.

Lorraine is physically fit and happy.

His brother David is a successful businessman.

His sister Linda works in a boutique and has many "boyfriends".

We all have things in our past that were not pleasant.

What would you do if like Marty, you could go back in time?

Think of the pain and challenges you faced over the years—

heartache, loss, failure, shattered dreams, mistakes, regrets,

doubts, fears.

If it were possible, I believe all of us would change some things.

In our Bible text this morning, Solomon writes:

1 To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven:

2 A time to be born, And a time to die; A time to plant, And a time to pluck what is planted; 3 A time to kill, And a time to heal; A time to break down, And a time to build up; 4 A time to weep, And a time to laugh; A time to mourn, And a time to dance;

Our experiences in life have told us that’s all true.

All of us have lived many, many days.

We know that time passes by so quickly.

It comes and goes at a rapid pace.

That is why we need to remember Psalm 39:4-5:

4 "LORD, make me to know my end,

And what is the measure of my days,

That I may know how frail I am.

5 Indeed, You have made my days as handbreadths,

And my age is as nothing before You;

Certainly every man at his best state is but vapor.

Days come and days go.

Good days, bad days, ordinary days,

but there is a time for everything.

Psalm 90:12 says,

So teach us to number our days,

That we may gain a heart of wisdom.

There are so many invaluable lessons about life.

The difference between a good day and a bad day is perspective.

In most cases, days are labeled bad when there is pain involved.

Seeing the good God is doing on your bad day

can be very difficult at times.

But hopefully, we never forget that on our best days

we still need God as desperately as we did on our worst days.

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