Summary: Things work when God is first.

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Getting Started Again

Haggai 1:1-4

Rev. Brian Bill


I came across some funny school excuses that parents have sent in.

• Please excuse John from being absent on January 28, 29, 30, and 33.

• Marge could not come to school because she was bothered with very close veins.

• John has been absent from school because he had two teeth taken out of his face.

• Please excuse Joe on Friday. He had loose vowels.

• Please excuse Blanch from P.E. for a few days. Yesterday, she fell out of a tree and misplaced her hip.

• Please excuse Johnny from being. It was his father’s fault.

While these excuses make us laugh, the making of excuses is not funny to God, especially when we’re trying to excuse something that He expects us to do.

I sensed during the sermon last week that the Holy Spirit was really moving. Recognizing that our good intentions don’t always lead to application and our excuses can pile up like old Christmas trees on the curb, I thought it would benefit each of us to go back and pick up some of the main points. If you’re like me, you’ve already forgotten most of that message, and your attempts at living it out may have gotten off-track. If you were not here, you can read or listen to the entire sermon here.

Our main text was Ephesians 5:15-17: “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.”

Our outline was simple:

• Live wisely (15)

• Leverage your time (16)

• Learn God’s will (17)

And we put the sermon into a sentence: Since our time on earth is limited, let’s make the most of the time we have left. Here were some of the main points.

• Let’s start saying, “Carpe Momento,” which means “Seize the Moment.”

• Every time you can do something good you should.

• God doesn’t want us to kill our time; he wants us to fill our time. Wasting the gift of time insults the giver of time.

• The “Lord’s will” is primarily focused on transformation, and less on location. We tend to focus on where God wants us while God is all about who we’re becoming. If you want to know God’s will then do the will of God that you already know.

• Read the Bible through in 2012. There are several Bible reading plans available at the Resource Center or you can download a wide variety by clicking on the Resources tab on our website (

• Plug into a Connection Group. I’d like to make one change about what I said last week. We have more people interested in joining a group than we have qualified leaders willing to lead one. If you’re a member of PBC and you’re gifted in this way, please contact Pastor Andy.

After preaching the sermon I realized that there were two huge areas of application that I missed. I thought about them all week. If you’ll allow me a “do-over,” here’s what I’d like to add.

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