by James Merritt

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A Line in the Sand (1 of 4)
Series: Out of Options
James Merritt
Daniel 1


1. It was the end of my junior year in college. I was as discouraged as I had ever been. I was going to be $2,000 short of being able to pay tuition for the coming year and I was out of options. I didn't have a rich uncle. My dad only made $100 a week. I had taken out all the student loans that were available and had simply no way to make that kind of money with a summer job. I thought I was completely out of options and would have to quit school, forego my senior year, put off finishing my education, and go to work.

2. There is not a worse feeling in the world than when you are convinced you are out of options. There are people in prison today, because they felt like they were out of options, so they embezzled from the company or they robbed a bank and committed murder. There are people who are no longer alive today. They committed suicide because they believed they were out of options. Perhaps you are on the verge of giving up on a marriage, on a dream, or even giving up on life itself, because you believe you are out of options. You are going to really enjoy the next four weeks, because we are going to do a series that we are calling, ''Out of Options.''

3. Today, some situations in the Bible where real life people, in real life situations, appeared to be out of options, but they learned one of the most valuable lessons that anyone will ever learn when you face the hardest reality of life that we are going to pass along to you. With God, there is always an option.

4. You may be out of options, but God never is. The first person who is going to teach us how he learned this lesson is a 14-year-old high school student by the name of Daniel. [Turn to Daniel 1]. His story takes place about 2600 years ago. The year is around 605BC and this is how we are introduced to his situation. ''In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of ...

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