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Back On The Right Path (5 of 10)
Series: How To Face That Days That Are Ahead (Psalm 23)
I. The Purpose Of Restoration!
A) The Paths From Which We Drift
B) The Person From Whom We Depart
II. The Procedures Of Restoration!
A) The Staff And The Straying Sheep
B) The Rod And The Stubborn Sheep
III. The Person Of Restoration!
A) The Love The Shepherds Shows
B) The Life The Shepherd Seeks
1. Two students working for the summer got a job with the Public Works Department. They were given the job of painting the center lines of a rural road. The supervisor told them that they were on probation and that they must stay above the average of two miles per day to keep their job. On their first day they completed four miles. Yet, on their second day they only completed two miles. Their supervisor was somewhat concerned with the drop in their progress, but didn't say anything because they were still at average. However, on the third day, the students only did one mile. The supervisor decided he needed to talk to them because they had gone from four to one mile in three days. He called them in and said, ''Boys, you did so great your first day, and although the second was not as good, you did the average. But today you only did one mile. You are doing less each day. What seems to be the problem?'' The students replied, ''We keep getting farther and farther away from the bucket.''
2. There are times when we find ourselves getting farther and farther away. Of course I am talking about getting farther away from the Lord. I think of Robert Robinson. He had lived a reckless and wicked life before the night he heard George Whitfield preach from Matthew 3:7, ''O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?'' That day, Sunday, May 24, 1752, Robinson found in a new life in Christ. Upon his conversion he joined the Methodists, answered the call to preach, and would be appointed by John Wesley as pastor o ...
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