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God's Big Idea
Session #7 - Today I Choose To Love God Back
Sunday October 31st
I John 4:7-12
I like books that have a number in the title.Like “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey or “Seven Choices For Blowing the Doors Off Business-As-Usual” by Kevin and Jackie Freiberg or “The Five Star Church” by Stan Toler or “The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership” by John C. Maxwell.
Imagine my excitement when, while at Ollies, I ran into another book with a number in the title:“10 Choices”:A proven plan to change your life forever”.By Dr. James MacDonald.
The thesis of the book?“We choose the life we have now. And if you want something better, you can choose to change it.”
Would you like to know about life’s most important choices?Top 10!
10.The choice to stand.(not give up)
9.The choice to serve (pursue greatness)
8.The choice to be authentic. (integrity)
7.The choice to love family
6.The choice to trust God.
5.The choice to forgive.
4.The choice to follow God’s Word.
3.The choice of Jesus as Lord
2.The choice to accept God’s forgiveness
1.The choice to love God back.
Now, you may agree or disagree with the order or wording . . . you may add something to your list or subtract something.But it would be hard to argue with MacDonald’s selection of #1:The Choice to Love God Back.That choice has proven to be a life-change.
Now, I now that 99% of the people in the room have already chosen to love God.Most of you love God with all of your heart, soul, mind and strength.But maybe, just maybe, there is someone within the sound of my voice or the reading of these words that is on the cusp of life’s most important decision:to love God back.This message is for you!Okay, where to start?Let’s start here.
I.God Loves You.(Belief)
1.I John 4:7-12
2.I love how Henry Blackaby words this:“God is pursuing a love relationship with you.”
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