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Summary: This is a sermon about the fact that God provides a way to ’start-over’ (powerpoint slides available upon request)

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The Joy of “Do-Overs”

Preached 01-18-04 by Captain PB Stetser

As with all of my sermons, the PowerPoint slides I used are available if you think they would be helpful. Simply email me at PBStetser@use.salvationarmy.org and request the slides for the specific sermon.

Blessings!

PB

What are they?

• My first experiences

– Sandlot baseball

• Or else ‘take my ball and go home!’

– My brother Dan & video games

– Etch-A-Sketch

Etch a sketch culture

• Seems like more and more people are looking for a “Do-Over”

– No one to remember their booboos

– No one to bring up their mistakes

– A chance to start over

Why is it important?

• Poor choices

– Hold us back

– Interfere with our plans

• Job

• Family

Hollywood loves this idea!

Groundhog day

He was able to change his approach till he got it right!

• Clean Slate, 50 First Dates

• But we can’t in real life, can we?

• HOWEVER

– God has provided a way to start over

2 Corinthians 5:17 What this means is that those who become Christians become new persons. They are not the same anymore, for the old life is gone. A new life has begun!

Philippians 3:12 I don’t mean to say that I have already achieved these things or that I have already reached perfection! But I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that Christ Jesus saved me for and wants me to be. 13 No, dear brothers and sisters, I am still not all I should be, but I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, 14 I strain to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us up to heaven.

How??

• Start with New Birth (recommit)

– The decision to change is most important

– Need to recognize you can’t earn your way!

• Nothing you can do is good enough!

– Apostle Paul “filthy rags”

» He had right family, education, training …

– Then, take care of your past

• Restitution

– $$

– Relationships

– Anything God tells you to take care of!

The Nexr BIG step!

• Then put it behind you!

• Sometimes harder to forgive yourself!

• Remember what Paul said?

– Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead!

– Press on!

He provides the strength!

• We already talked about how we cannot please God on our own

• He provides for us!

• Phil 4:13 For I can do everything with the help of Christ who gives me the strength I need.

• We don’t need an Etch-A-Sketch lifestyle …

• We need to put Him in first place


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