Four Looks for a Happy New Year by Rex Yancey

Four Looks for a Happy New Year
Rex Yancey
Deuteronomy 6:20-25

A recently retired man got up one morning and read the obituary column in the paper to find out who died. On this particular morning, the newspaper by mistake had put his name in the column and reported he was dead.

He was shaken and stirred at the same time. He called the editor of the newspaper and gave him a cursing. Finally the editor said, ''I'll tell you what we'll do. In the morning we'll put your name in the birth column and give you a brand new beginning!''

There is something exciting about new beginnings. There is something exciting about a new year, a new job, moving into a new home, a new pastor, a new day, because all these things represent new beginnings.

For my last sermon here as your pastor I want us to think about new beginnings. A new beginning requires three looks. First of all, it requires a LOOK BACK to see where you have been; a LOOK AROUND; to see where you are; and a LOOK AHEAD to see where you need to go.

-You can't get to where you need to go until you know where you are. You cannot know where you are until you know where you have been.

-Mickey Mantle was going to Yogi Berra's apartment one afternoon and got lost. He stopped at a pay phone and called Yogi and said, ''I'm trying to find your apartment, where is it?'' Yogi said, ''Where are you now?'' He said, ''I'm at the corner of 5th and Main.'' Yogi said, ''Well, just keep coming in this direction,'' and hung up.

The nation of Israel was less than two weeks from the promise land. They had been wandering in the wilderness for forty years, and they were now poised to cross the Jordan, conquer Canaan and claim a new beginning. But before they did, Moses gives them a memory refresher. Remember what the Lord has done for you so that you can rejoice in what He is doing for you, so you can receive what He will do for you.

There is a reason why God has given us this magnificent tool called a memory. The way ...


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