by M. Kenneth Lyon

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Finding the Power to End It (1 of 4)
Series: Making Changes That Last
Rev. M. Kenneth Lyon
Luke 13:10-17
January 14, 1996

How many of you did it? I know most of you did. You made some New Year's resolutions. Put your hand up if you made some. You didn't have to write them down, you just said, now I'm going to do this. Now put your hands down, don't stick them up again. How many of you have already broken some of them? A ha! Well, I resemble that remark.

January is a fascinating month. Did you know that? It's a fascinating month because statistics tell us that January is the month where people attempt to make more changes in their lives than any other time of the year. Has to do with the close of one year and the beginning of a new. It's a time when we try to start new things and the vast majority of people also run headlong into the fact that they don't do very well with their New Year's resolutions. Now why in the world is that? Well, over these next several Sundays, starting today, there will be three additional ones we're going to look at making changes that last. What are the Biblical perspectives and dynamics for making changes that will last long term. Today the power to end it next Sunday the courage to begin it, then the endurance to continue to it, and finally the faith to complete it. And I hope you'll be present each one of those Sundays so you can take home the study notes and if you don't use them share them with a friend who may find benefit from this time together.

Now as I grow older, and birthdays do that to you, they make you -- -, I'm just grateful to have one myself. Birthdays teach me as I grow older that in order for new beginnings to have come solidity and to have enduring qualities, endings also must come. And I've become convinced that we don't bring things to an end very effectively often times. Regardless of how good a movie is there comes a time when I'm ready for it to come to an end it needs to so I can begin to do som ...

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