Summary: Message about going into the New Year with a commitment to deepening your relationship with Christ.

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Just the Same Ol’ Same Ol’ Again?

Luke 1:37; Proverbs 16:3

December 30, 2007


Me: Jeanette Case, from Erie, PA, sent this in to Reader’s Digest:

Last year when I called my parents to wish them a happy New Year, my dad answered the phone. "Well, Dad, what’s your New Year’s resolution?" I asked him. "To make your mother as happy as I can all year," he answered proudly. Then mom got on, and I said, "What’s your resolution, Mom?" "To see that your dad keeps his New Year’s resolution." (SermonCentral PRO)

Like many of you, I had some goals for this year that ends tomorrow.

And like many of you, I hit some of them and missed on others.

One of the goals I missed this last year was to memorize 12 verses of passages of Scripture.

Just one a month. You’d think it wouldn’t be that hard, wouldn’t you?

It’s not as easy for me as it once was. But that’s no excuse, either. And so I’m going to make that a goal for this coming year, also.

And you’re welcome to ask me how I’m coming on it.

We: But a lot of people will look back on the last year, and see nothing they can celebrate in their lives.

Maybe it’s missing a goal like reading through the New Testament or the Bible in the year.

Hint: if you haven’t started yet, it’s a little late now…

Maybe it was a goal at your job or business to get promoted or get a raise or otherwise make more money to better provide for your family.

Maybe it was a personal growth goal like trying to have devotions on a more regular basis or reading for your personal benefit.

Maybe it was to finally get rid of your pet rocks and leisure suits, to the everlasting relief of your wife and kids.

And by the way, replacing those things with “Chia Pets” isn’t a smart thing to do.

Folks, what I’m trying to say here is that we can all look back on things we wish would have done and could have done in 2007, but now it’s too late, and we’re disappointed.

And it could be that you’re looking back and thinking, “It always this way. The same ol’ same ol’. I’ll never get any better at this, and so I might as well give up.

Today I want to look at two very small verses of Scripture that I hope you’ll grab onto for this year.

These verses are my rallying cry for this new year, and chances are that you’ll hear them from time to time throughout the year as we move forward as a church to seek to do more for the glory of God and the advancement of His kingdom.

And while I want you to focus on these verses today, I also want you to keep in mind the words of the Apostle Paul in Philippians 3, when he said…

Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us.

I pray that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to fill you with a new sense of courage and determination as we look at these two passages.

God: The first of these verses is Luke 1:37

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