Happy New Year (2019) to everyone!
If I was rich, and if I had a secretary who brought me coffee and handled all my correspondence, I would have sent every one of my followers a Christmas card and a New Year’s card – but I’m not rich and I don’t have a secretary, only my wife. She put water in the coffee pot for me this morning, but I’m not going to push my luck.
So, I hope all of you have had a blessed season, even though I wasn’t able to express my feeling with a Hallmark.
The Starter Sermon
Last Sunday, the last one of 2018, I preached a sermon entitled “Things I Want to Do In 2019.” It was a 10-point sermon, but it only took 30 minutes to preach. Unfortunately, it didn’t record! Oh well.
So, what I want to do is take the points – the individual things I want to do – and spread them out over the next couple of weeks, unpacking them in a little more detail than time allowed me to do from the pulpit.
Now, in all honesty, I don’t know if this series will interest anyone or gain me a bunch of hits, but I feel it needs to be done for myself, if no one else.
As it’s been said many times in the past, if you don’t write down your goals you’re unlikely to reach them.
As a teaser, here is the basic outline I’m going to follow:
“Things I Want to Do In 2019”
James 4:17; Colossians 3:17, 23
- Lose an “X” in my clothing. (1 Corinthians 6:19-20)
- Avoid anger. (Ecclesiastes 7:9)
- Avoid whining and complaining. (Phil. 2:14-17)
- Show a little more mercy, compassion, and grace. (Rom 14).
- Don’t take time for granted. (Psalm 144:4).
- Strengthen my marriage. (Proverbs 5:18).
- READ more, starting with my Bible. (Ps 119:105, 140; John 17:17)
- Never preach another boring or routine sermon.
- Pray. (Psalm 55:17)
- Win One More. (Proverbs 11:30)
So, may God bless you and and be with you this year. With God’s help we can do more than we think possible.