"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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