by Jeff Schreve

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The Love Test (1 of 6)
Series: Back on Track
Jeff Schreve
John 21:1-17

If you have your Bible, please turn to John chapter 21, John chapter 21. I want to speak to you on this subject, ''The Love Test.''

Now how many have ever gone on a diet? Would we all agree that diets are pretty touch? I mean, they're tough. If you don't think they're tough, you just look at the word. The first three letters spell die. I mean, that's how tough it is. And to diet you have to die to your appetite.

Now I go on and off diets. I've found that the Adkins diet normally works pretty well for me if I can stick to it. You know, I go for a long time, don't eat carbs, don't eat carbs, don't eat carbs and then have a whole pie. That doesn't work on the Adkins diet. And then you get up, get up fatter.

Well, I've been struggling a lot this summer with not being on a diet and really getting out of the routine of working out. And the other day I was looking in the mirror and there was this fat guy looking back at me. Has that ever happened to you? It's like what happened? Why is the fat guy looking back at me in the mirror? And I said, ''Hey, fat guy, what are you doing there?'' And he said, ''This is what happens when you go back for seconds and you eat the whole pie. And you get a fat guy looking back at you.''

And I was like, wow! How do I get rid of the fat guy? He said, ''Well, why don't you start to diet and exercise again, and then I'll go away.'' See, I had kind of fallen off the wagon. Have you ever been there - falling off the wagon with your diet and with your exercise? I had gotten off track and I needed to get back on track.

We're starting a new series today called, ''Back on Track.'' And I know that as we get ready to start a new school year that summer is kind of officially over for most of us. And summertime is fun time. It's great time. And you go on vacation. You have people come in. And the problem with summertime is routines are just thrown out the window ...

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