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Summary: A New Years sermon to give guidance for the coming Year

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Mapping Out The New Year 1 Peter 3:10-3:12

INTRO.- Have you ever had a bad day?

• Everyone has a bad day once in a while Who hasn’t?

• But what about a really bad day? Here’s one that tops many I’ve heard.

• The following came from a Florida newspaper:

• A man was working on his motorcycle on his patio and his wife was in the house in the kitchen.

• The man was revving up the engine and somehow, the motorcycle slipped into gear.

• And when it did , The man, still holding the handlebars, was dragged through a glass patio door

• And along with the motorcycle dumped onto the floor inside the house.

• The wife, hearing the crash, ran into the dining room,

• And found her husband laying on the floor, cut and bleeding,

• With the motorcycle laying next to him and the patio door shattered.

• So The wife ran to the phone and called an ambulance.

• Because they lived on a fairly large hill, the wife went down the several flights of steps

• To the street to direct the paramedics to her husband.

After the ambulance arrived and transported the husband to the hospital,

• The wife up picks up the motorcycle and pushed it outside.

• And Seeing that gas had spilled on the floor, she gets some papers towels,

• And wipes up the spilled gas and then throws the towels in the toilet.

• Meranwhile her husband was treated at the hospital and was released to come home.

• After arriving home, he looked at the shattered patio door and the damage done to his motorcycle.

• And he became so upset that he went into the bathroom, sat on the toilet and smoked a cigarette.

• After finishing the cigarette, he flipped it between his legs into the toilet bowl while still seated.

• The wife, who was in the kitchen, heard a loud explosion and her husband screaming.

• She ran into the bathroom and found her husband lying on the floor.

• His pants had been blown away and he was suffering burns on the buttocks, the back of his legs and his groin.

• So again The wife runs to the phone and calls for an ambulance.

• As luck would have it The same ambulance crew was dispatched and the wife met them at the street.

• The paramedics again load the husband on the stretcher and began carrying him down to the street.

• And While they were going down the stairs with the wife, one of the paramedics

• Asks the wife how the husband had burned himself.

• She told them and the paramedics started laughing so hard,

• That one of them tipped the stretcher and dumped the husband out.

• And He fell down the remaining steps and broke his arm.

I Peter 3:10-12 1Pe 3:10 “If you want a happy life and good days, keep your tongue from speaking evil, and keep your lips from telling lies. 1Pe 3:11 Turn away from evil and do good. Work hard at living in peace with others. 1Pe 3:12 The eyes of the Lord watch over those who do right, and his ears are open to their prayers. But the Lord turns his face against those who do evil.”

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