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How an Old Dog Learned New Tricks (3 of 6)
Series: Acts--The Church in Action
Introduction: Will Rogers supposedly offered this list of great truths about growing older. Some of you know what he was talking about:
1. Eventually you will reach a point when you stop lying about your age and start bragging about it.
2. The older we get, the fewer things seem worth waiting in line for.
3. Some people try to turn back their odometers. Not me, I want people to know "why" I look this way. I've traveled a long way and some of the roads weren't paved.
4. One must wait until evening to see how splendid the day has been.
5. Being young is beautiful, but being old is comfortable.
6. Finally: If you don't learn to laugh at trouble, you won't have anything to laugh at when you are old.
Those are the truths about growing older. Tonight I want to consider one of the great myths about growing older--you can't teach an old dog new tricks. You have heard it. Maybe some of us have used it as an excuse for not tackling a new challenge. Perhaps we have claimed it as our reason for staying in an old rut. I have heard people who know that they are lost and without God cite their age as their reason for not considering the offer of Christ. "I am too old, too set in my ways to change now."
Our chapter tells the stories of two men--men as different as night and day. Both are stories of conversion. The Lord brought the two men together and in the process changed them both. As you listen to what happened to them, I want you to ask yourself where the Lord may want to teach you some new lessons. Our story breaks down into three parts. Like the unfolding of a three-act play, each part leads to the next.
Act 1: (10:1-8). "At Caesarea there was a man named Cornelius, a centurion in what was known as the Italian Regiment. 2He and all his family were devout and God-fearing; he gave generously to those in need and prayed to God regu ...
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