by Stephen Whitney

Turning Point (1 of 7)
Series: Overcoming Failure - Lessons From The Life Of Peter
Stephen Whitney
Luke 5:1-11

In 1934 at the age of 17 Ella went to the amateur-hour stage at the Apollo Theatre in Harlem, New York City. She hoped it would help launch her career as a dancer. But she was shy and her feet simply wouldn't move. Desperate in front of the crowd, she opened her mouth and sang, ''The Object Of My Affection.'' That moment became her turning point. She said, ''I knew I wanted to sing before people the rest of my life.''

And so Ella Fitzgerald did, better than anyone else for more than 60 years. She won 13 Grammy awards over those years and 21 times she was Down Beat magazine's top female singer of the year. Her legacy - the fabulous songbook collections, the immortal duets with Louis Armstrong - doesn't really tell the whole story.

The story was told in Harlem on that magical night, when a voice like no other was revealed. The voice was a natural, and it made Ella one, too. That night became the turning point of her life.

The turning points in our lives are not always that dramatic and life changing but there are important turning points that change the direction of our lives. Some of those turning points are: 1. The career we choose. 2. The college we go to. 3. The job we end up with. 4. The person we marry.

In every life there are significant turning points that change the whole course or direction of our life. The most important decision or turning point in our lives is when we accept Jesus Christ as our Savior and become a disciple of his for the rest of our life.

The story in Luke 5:1-11 is the turning point in the lives of several men in their relationship with Christ. He challenges them to leave their profession as fishermen to follow him full-time. The word ''disciple'' is found 269 times in the N.T. while the word ''Christian'' is found only 3 times and was first used to describe those who were disciples meaning followers of Je ...

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