by Roger Thomas

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Living by the Book (2 of 7)
Series: Forty Days of Purpose
Roger Thomas
Jeremiah 29:11-13

Introduction: Today we begin our Forty Days of Purpose. We have been talking about it and preparing for it for weeks. Tomorrow many of you will start the coordinated reading plan through Rick Warren's best selling book. For the next seven weeks, my Sunday morning messages will preview what you will read. Beginning Wednesday and then Sunday, our various youth and adult growth groups will discuss and review the themes of the previous week's reading.

Today I want to talk to you about "living by the book." It is critical that you understand that the book I am talking about is this book (Bible) not this book (Purpose Driven Life). The value of The Purpose Driven Life comes from its biblical character. This is not just another self-help book. It's a God's help book. The forty simple, back-to-basics devotional readings can help us understand what this book tells us. We will benefit most from the next forty days if we remember the relationship between these two books.

Purpose matters. We understand that on an everyday level. I have here a small paring knife. It once lived among a bunch of other knives in my wife's kitchen drawer. I have kept it in my desk for several years. The demotion began the day I needed a screwdriver. I'll bet most of you have some knives like this. I was changing an electrical switch plate or maybe tightening a drawer handle. I could have been working on a door lock. Maybe all of the above! There wasn't a screwdriver handy so I looked for the next best thing. The knife still looks fine but its days as a paring knife are long gone. Years ago it was demoted to a letter opener. If the truth were told, it never was much of a screwdriver. It was never meant to be.

Lots of things are that way. I was reminded the other day of an old car we used to have. At the time it was at least a dozen years old VW beetle. I paid a few h ...

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