How To Thrive In 2005 (1 of 3) by Stan Coffey

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How To Thrive In 2005 (1 of 3)
Series: Promised Land 2005
Stan Coffey
Joshua 1:1-5

We are going to speak for three Sundays on "Promised Land 2005". Today I am going to talk primarily to you as an individual. Next Sunday I will be talking about the church and the state of the church and the challenge for the church for 2005. But today I want to speak to you as a person, as an individual that God loves and that God has called, God has saved. And I want to talk to you about the great future that you have in 2005, "How To Thrive In 2005".

As we think about the beginning of a new year I like new things. I like Christmas because I usually get some new things to wear. I am wearing a couple of new things that I got for Christmas right now. I like new things. I like new cars. I like new homes. I like to just go in to new homes and just look around. When they are new, they smell new. And I like to go down to the showroom and get in new cars and smell the newness of those new cars. I like new things.

And frankly I like a new year, amen? I like to have a new opportunity to begin again with God. I know that in reality that it is another Sunday, another day, another week, but also it is the beginning of a brand new year. Time in the Bible is described as linear. That is like if you stand on the bank of a river and you are watching some debris, maybe a log, floating down and when it passes by you and it goes on down until finally you watch as it goes out of sight. Now that is the way time is.

There are some things you can't do with time. You can't save time, you can't borrow time, you can't leave time, and you can't take time. The only thing you can do is use time wisely. Paul says, "Redeem the time for the days are short." And you and I know how important it is to redeem the time that God has given us in light of the day in which we live. So as I look at the challenge to Joshua I see a great challenge to my life at the beginning of a ne ...

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