A New Beginning with God (1 of 7) by Brad Whitt

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A New Beginning with God (1 of 7)
Series: All Things New
Pastor Brad Whitt
Revelation 21:5; Isaiah 43:18-19

INTRO: I want you to take God's precious, holy Word this morning and be finding your place at two passages of scripture if you would, Revelation 21:5 and Isaiah 43:18-19, and this morning as we come to the beginning of a new year I want us to begin a new series of sermons entitled "All Things New."

I don't know about you, but I love "new things." I love new clothes, new cars, new beginnings, new books, new days, new directions, new restaurants and new relationships. There's something about the word "new" that just absolutely screams opportunity and possibility. I mean, no matter how bad you've blown it, no matter how bad things may have become, no matter what may have happened, how worn out something has gotten, or monotonous your life has become, all of that can be erased when you use that magic little word "new." (Of course, there are those who don't see it my way – that's why they never throw anything away or try a new restaurant.)

I'll give you a perfect, albeit a personal example. This past week, as many of you know, Kim and I were back in Milan celebrating Christmas with our family. All of the Whitts and Robinsons gathered together, including my mother's older brother John. Now, in order for you to understand what I'm about to tell you, you've got to know a little bit about John. To say that John is a confirmed bachelor is an understatement. He's in his early sixties, never been married and lives in the same house that he and his sisters were raised in. He worked as a custodian for the University of Tennessee for most of his adult life. He is a simple, shy man who doesn't like anything new – which is where the point of this story begins. Every year John buys a ticket and hops on a Greyhound bus and rides it to wherever my parents are living to spend Christmas with them, and every year he shows up wearing the same old worn out coat. Well, this year my mom decided that he needed a new coat. The only problem was, John didn't know it and he didn't even want to entertain the thought of replacing his wonderful old worn out coat with a new one that he didn't know anything about. I mean, the thought of getting back on that Greyhound wearing a new coat was just too much for him, so he told my mom that he didn't need a new coat, that his old one was just fine - which made for a real fun Christmas around the Whitt house.

So, even though I don't understand it, I do acknowledge that there are those of you out there that are real suspicious of trying or trusting anything new, but for the rest of us, the opportunity to have a new beginning is one of the greatest gifts that God ever gives.

For example, today is New Year's Day. This is a brand new day in a brand new year. It's a day when many folks will eat their black-eyed peas and cabbage and make what are known as "New Years' resolutions." Those things that we' ...

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