Fresh Start

God specializes in giving people a fresh start – Rick Warren

Characters: The Father, the Younger Son, the Older Son.

Context: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son

1 lost sheep/100 – in danger.

1 lost coin/10 – in darkness.

1 lost son/2 – in despair.

Desperation led to a direction ➡ Home

The first step to receiving a fresh start in your life is a change in direction. Direction, not intention, determines your destination – Andy Stanley

A fresh start in your life involves aligning yourself towards home, towards your Heavenly Father

“…for this son of mine was dead and has come to life again; he was lost and has been found.’” “‘Son, you have always been with me, and all that is mine is yours. But we had to celebrate and rejoice, for this brother of yours was dead and has begun to live, and was lost and has been found.’”

The central Christian belief is that Christ’s death has somehow put us right with God and given us a fresh start. – C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity

Psalm 51:10-15 (MSG), “God, make a fresh start in me, shape a Genesis week from the chaos of my life. Don’t throw me out with the trash, or fail to breathe holiness in me. Bring me back from gray exile, put a fresh wind in my sails! Give me a job teaching rebels your ways so the lost can find their way home. Commute my death sentence, God, my salvation God, and I’ll sing anthems to your life-giving ways. Unbutton my lips, dear God; I’ll let loose with your praise.”

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