Giving God More in 2004 (2 of 4) by Steve Wagers

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Giving God More in 2004 (2 of 4)
Giving God More of Our TIME!
Pastor Steve N. Wagers
James 4: 13-17

Sermon Outline
1. Why We Should APPRECIATE Our Time!
A. Time is a PRECIOUS Matter!
B. Time is a PASSING Matter!
2. When We Should ADMINISTRATE Our Time!
A. Treat Each Day as a Gift from God!
B. Trust Each Day as a Gift to God!
3. How We Should ALLOCATE Our Time!
A. Live According to the Will of God!
B. Live Acceptant of the Will of God!

1. The Italians practice a quite unusual, yet inspiring New Year's routine. As the midnight hour approaches, on New Year's Eve, the streets are clear. There is no traffic, there are no pedestrians, and even the policemen take cover. Then, at the stroke of 12, the windows of the houses fly open. And, to the sound of laughter, music and fireworks, each member of the family pitches out old crockery, detested ornaments, hated furniture and a whole catalogue of personal items which remind them of something in the past year they are determined to forget, and wipe out of their minds.

2. That may seem to be an odd gesture, yet I do believe that in it we could find a great spiritual application. As we close out an old year, and move in to a new year, there may be some things that we need to throw out and leave behind. One such thing may be the way we SPENT; used or even wasted our time on things that hold no eternal importance whatsoever. And, a great way to begin this new year is to determine to give God more in 2004. Last week we considered giving God more of our thinking; but, this morning I want us to consider, and to commit to giving God more of our time, as described in James 4: 13-17.

3. If you had a bank that credited your account each morning with $86,400, that carried no balance from day to day, allowed you to keep no cash in your account, and finally every evening cancelled whatever part of the amount you had failed to use during the day, what would you do? You would do the same as ...


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