How to Have the Time of Your Life
INTRO: I want you to take God's Word now this morning and I want you to be finding your place at Ephesians chapter 5 if you will. And in just a few moments we're going to be looking at verse number 16.
While you are finding your place there at Ephesians chapter 5, I want to ask you a question. How many of you know that we are now living in the year 2004? Raise your hands. That's good. I'm glad to see that at least half of you are awake. Now let me ask you a second question, how many of you have had to write a check in the past 3 days, and instead of putting 2004 down, you wrote 2003? Raise your hands. Alright, that's really not part of the message, we just wanted to know who you were so the rest of us could get a little chuckle out of that.
But anyway, in case you didn't know it. We are now in the year 2004. As a matter of fact, as you sit there this morning there is a brand new year waiting out there in front of you. 361 days are left in the year 2004. So, as we begin this new year, I want to begin a simple series of sermons on stewardship that I want to entitle, ". . .And One To Grow On: A New You For A New Year" because that's my goal for you this year. As we begin the year 2004 my prayer and my plan for my life and your life and our church's life is that this might be the greatest year of growth that we have ever seen. Spiritual growth. Physical growth. Intellectual growth. Emotional growth.
Now, in order for us to grow in all of those areas that I just mentioned, spiritual, physical, intellectual, and emotional, there are some things that are going to have to change. There are some areas that we are going to have to grow in. You see, we can't keep doing the same old things and expect to get different results. We are going to have to raise the bar. We are going to have to raise the standard. We're going to have to buckle down if you will. We are going to have t ...
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