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"Is It Too Late for Me?"
Theme of the Week: Following the God of Second Chances
Sunday, December 29, 2013

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Who Said It … Tony Evans

Tony Evans is senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas and president of The Urban Alternative—a ministry dedicated to restoring hope through God's Word. He also serves as chaplain to the NBA's Dallas Mavericks and the NFL's Dallas Cowboys. He is the author of God's Unlikely Path to Success—the book from which this week's readings are reprinted.

What he Said … "Is It Too Late for Me?"

As a pastor, I frequently walk with people through their hurts, pains, and disappointments. Sometimes, in the midst of their pain, people will ask me, "Is it too late for me? Is it too late for God to do something with me?" Those questions come out of a deep place where people think their many failures have caused them to forfeit their God-given destiny. When asked that question, I always have one response: "No, it's not too late. It's never too late for God."

God frequently uses broken people to accomplish his purposes on earth. Yet when you're staring at your past, strewn with failure, it's difficult to see your bright future, just as it's difficult to drive when you're constantly looking in your rearview mirror. When you drive, you need to glance at your rearview mirror, but if you continue to look there, you will end up hurting yourself and the others around you. That's why the windshield is so much larger than the rearview mirror—the windshield shows you where you're headed, not where you've been.

Key Study Passage: Jonah 1-4

Adapted from God's Unlikely Path to Success by Tony Evans (Harvest House, 2012) by permission. All rights reserved by the copyright holder and/or the publisher. May not be reproduced.

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Prayer for the Week
Merciful God, even as I continue to make mistakes and struggle with regrets, help me break old sinful patterns and let go of shame, so that the light of your love will shine more fully through this weak clay jar (2 Cor. 4:7).

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PHIL ONEAL

December 30, 2013  6:36am

The Scripture link took me to just one verse - Jonah 1:4. I presume the intent was for us to read chapters one THROUGH 4, correct?

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Evan Friese

December 29, 2013  2:14pm

Sometimes it is ourselves that dwell on our past failures. And we all have failed. Fallen short. Which is why we need a Savior. What can be particularly painful is when someone you love deeply (spouse or child) continually reminds you of your past failures. When a man is trying to get better the worst thing you can do is keep reminding him of his past. My prayer for all of us is that we would accept God's forgiveness, understand He made us "new" and pray for those that persecute us.

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Noel Ruiz

December 29, 2013  1:54pm

This word helps me to look to those that are going through things with more compassion and it reminds me of the grace had and has on my life. There is always room at the cross.

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ANTHONY Swaggerty

December 29, 2013  8:09am

Thank you all for the word, today. I needed to hear this. Amen to all you do. Men of Integrity... Anthony

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david thomson

December 29, 2013  6:41am

A good reminder to all of us who have fallen, that God is always waiting and ready to help us up and onward to a better path. Also a great model to remember when talking/counseling with others. (ps - Joe Turner...did you attend Eastern University?)

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