by Fred Lowery

The Gift of a New Year
Dr. Fred Lowery
1 John 1:9; Psalm 103:12; Philippians 3:13; Isaiah 43:18; Ephesians 4:32; Psalm 100:1-5; Matthew 6:33; Philippians 4:6; Philippians 4:9

Thank you for your presence this morning as we begin this New Year and as we think about this past year and look ahead to the New Year. What would God have us do and next week I want to talk a little bit about this past decade. And what I believe is the mood of our country is one of fear. And how do we handle fear and how do we move forward in this new decade that God has given us. These next ten years we hope will better in a lot of ways than the last ten. But these last ten years have been quite interesting. And we’ll talk about that next week. Ten years ago a blackberry was a summer fruit. Green was a color. Crocs were pots or reptiles. Tweets were chirping notes and a tweeter was a loud speaker that reproduced high pitch, a tweeter. A flat screen was a TV run over by an eighteen wheeler. A cell was a small room where they kept prisoners. A Wii referred to a group. When you think about it twitter and Facebook and YouTube were non-existent ten years ago. And yet today hundreds of millions of people worldwide are communicating using twitter and Facebook and YouTube. And we find out what they are doing and what they are wearing and where they are going and what they are eating. TMI - who cares? Facebook was originally limited to Harvard students. That tells you about Facebook, it came out of Harvard and it was limited to Harvard students and now over 300 million people are socially connected on Facebook. I’m there and every time I look at my little deal it tells me you know these people want to be my friends and I’m trying to find out who they are and why they want to be my friends. Ten years ago if you had a cell phone, if you were lucky enough to have a cell phone it weighed three to five pounds and you used it only in an emergency. Remember those bag phones, I g ...

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