Summary: What better way to celebrate our nation’s birthday than by preparing for a renewal

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I’m sure many of you have seen the musical either at the schools or on TV, the

Music Man. So you remember that scene where the “professor”, pointing to the Pool

Hall tells the citizens, you’ve got trouble right here in river city. Thus my theme for

today, Recipe for Renewal in River City. I hope today that we leave here not only with

some added knowledge of what our communities need, but also with the added

motivation to bring about those changes. Recipie for Renewal Right Here in River City.

What better way to celebrate the birthday of our Country than to prepare to bring it back

to the greatness it once enjoyed? You remember that last year Pastor Peggy challenged us

to have an old fashioned camp meeting. What she was saying was it’s time for renewal

right here in River City. So I want to continue again this year in that same vein.

You’ve probably heard the old story about the monestary where the only talking

that could take place was once per year and then only one monk was allowed to speak a

sentence. On one such occasion the monk whose turn it was stood up at the dinner table

and said, “The soup is too cold.” Then a year passed. The next year another brother

stood up and said, “The soup is too hot” Then another year passed. The next year the

next brother stood up and said, “The soup is just right” And another year passed. Finally

a a 4th brother stood up and said, “If all you want to do is bicker, I’m just going to leave.”

Well, even after a year, it’s not too late for us to remember what has been said. So in the

vein of our message last year I want to continue to talk about Renewal right here in river


The great OT leader Joshua was standing before the people of Israel. The

promised land had been conquered and it was time for the people to inherit what was

theirs. So Joshua closes with this promise in Joshua 24:15 And if it seems evil to you to

serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods

which your fathers served that werew on the other side of the River, or the gods of the

Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the


Folks, the time for us has come to choose. If there is to be renewal in the land we

have to make a choice. The world says, you can choose from many gods or religious

beliefs. The Bible says you must make a choice, God or the gods. So as we begin we

must ask, which do I choose, the God of heaven or the gods of this world?

And unknown author has written, That land is great which know the Lord, Whose

songs are guiede by His word; Where justice rules twixt man and man, Where love

controls an ardent plan; Where, breathing in his native air, Each soul finds joy in praise

and prayer...Thus may our country, good and great, Be God’s delight... man’s best estate.

Are we ready to choose? The first ingredient in our recipe is


If there is to be any renewal in our land, christians must reunite. Friends, we have

spent too much time apart. I have been told about a time in this community when one of

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