Finishing strong

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Luke 14:28-30 – “For which of you, intending to build a tower, does not sit down first and count the cost, whether he has enough to finish it – lest, after he has laid the foundation, and is not able to finish, all who see it begin to mock him.

Jesus tells us it is very important that what we start, we finish.

You do not want the reputation of someone who starts things by doesn’t finish them.

Don’t start something that you can’t complete.

The moment of inspiration is not the time to start building. SIT DOWN first, get educated about the project, ascertain your resources, estimate all the costs, then multiply by at least 2 (generally a worthwhile project will take up to 10 times the money, time, energy and resources than you thought it would!)

Better to sit down first rather than half way through or at the unfinished end point.

Do you have the commitment to keep going, make the sacrifices, leave possessions, to follow Christ all the days of your life? Let’s pay the price and finish the race strong.

See you in church!

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Self-control

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Proverbs 25:16 – Have you found honey? Eat only as much as you need, Lest you be filled with it and vomit.

Just because a little is good, it does not mean a lot would be better!

Whenever we find a sweet thing, something that gives us pleasure we need to control our appetite, otherwise it will destroy our lives.

Good things become bad things when we abuse the use of them.

All our appetites need restraints. Legalistic Christianity simply says ‘No honey at all’, so people never learn moderation.

Try to eat what you need, buy what you need, do what you need, rather than just always what you want and life gets simpler.

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Getting up again

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Proverbs 24:16 – For a righteous man may fall seven times and rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.

Hang on a minute! If a person is righteous, they don’t fall, right? How can you say a person is righteous, yet has fallen seven times?

Because even though the person has failed, they get up again!!

The righteous are righteous because they recover! They know how to say ‘sorry’, how to forgive & receive forgiveness. They know how to believe again and take new steps of faith. They ‘rise again’ even after seven (many) times.

The wicked are wicked because they sulk, blame others & refuse to humble themselves & make their wrongs right.

Whatever hasn’t gone well for you in ’09, let’s get up again and rise in 2010. I know you can do it!

See you in Church!