by Jeff Strite

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Looking For A New Beginning (5 of 5)
Series: Jesus in Narnia
Jeff Strite
Deuteronomy 34:1-12

OPEN: I did an internet search to find the most popular New Year's Resolutions for the coming year and I found one source that gave the top 10 promises people wanted to make to themselves. What do you think was the number 1 New Year's Resolution for the coming year? (most of the audience guessed ''lose weight'', ''exercise more'', and ''quit smoking'').

This was the list:
1) Spend More Time with Family and Friends - more than 50% of Americans have vowed to appreciate loved ones and spend more time with family and friends this year.
2) Commitment to be more Fit
3) Tame the Bulge
4) Quit Smoking
5) Enjoy Life More
6) Quit Drinking
7) Get Out of Debt
8) Learn Something New
9) Help Others
10) Get Organized

How many of you made New Year's resolutions this year? (only a few hands went up).
You know, I don't find that surprising, since this practice has become something of joke. People rarely seem to follow through on their commitments to change.

One man once put it this way:
''Right now it is 11:35 on New Year's Eve, so you have 24 minutes to get a new job, become a nicer person and lose 15 pounds.''

So, New Year's Resolutions have a bad reputation, but people keep making them. WHY? Because these personal vows reflect the desire people have to make a change. When people make these resolutions, they actually are hoping for:
- a new start
- a new beginning
- a new possibility for their life

I. In Deuteronomy 34, God is telling Moses that the people of Israel are about to have a new beginning… a new start
They are about to enter the promised land. A land flowing with milk and honey and with potential and possibilities beyond anything they had ever encountered or experienced.

But… there's something about this New Beginning that doesn't quite seem right.
Of all the people that should have gone into the promised land
Of all the people who s ...

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