New Year Sermon Illustrations

New Year Sermon Illustrations

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Backward, Forward, Upward

I don't look back; God knows the fruitless efforts,
The wasted hours, the sinning, the regrets;
1 leave them all with him who blots the record,
And mercifully forgives, and then forgets.

I don't look forward; God sees all the future,
The road that, short or long, will lead me home,
And He will face with me its every trial
And bear for me the burdens that may come.

But I look up—into the face of Jesus,
For there my heart can rest, my fears are stilled;
And there is joy and love, and light for darkness,
And perfect peace and every hope fulfilled.Annie Johnson Flint.


The Important Direction

One stormy night a boat could make no headway, and while the captain was struggling to get into port, a nervous passenger said to him: "Do you think we shall get in all right?" He replied: "This is a leaky old boat, and we may go down; and the boilers are not in very good condition, so we may go up. But, whatever happens, we are going on."—Sunday School Times.


Wishes for the New Year

BLESSINGS in abundance,
STRENGTH for every way,
COURAGE for each trial,
GLADNESS for each day.

FAITH in heaven's guidance,
HOPE that's firm and true,
May the Lord the Saviour
Give these gifts to you.—Selected.


Hitherto and Henceforward

Hitherto the Lord has helped us
Since we've walked the heavenly way;
Filled our cup to overflowing
With His joy from day to day;
Cheered us by His constant presence,
Blessed with mercies daily new;
Let us raise our Ebenezer,
All His promises are true!

Hitherto the Lord has helped us
When our way was rough and steep;
Safely led us o'er the mountain,
Sometimes through the waters deep;
Yet He gives us strength for weakness;
Thus with confidence we say,
"Let us raise our Ebenezer;
He has led us all the way."

Hitherto the Lord has helped us
When on Him we have relied;
Food for soul and food for body,
Not a need but He supplied.
There are times when faith has wavered,
Doubts and fears our peace assailed;
Still we raise our Ebenezer,
Never has His promise failed.

Hitherto the Lord has helped us
Can we doubt Him? Dare we fear
Though from earthly help we're severed,
Facing now another year?
While our future paths are clouded,
Faith tonight o'er doubt prevails,
Let us raise our Ebenezer,
For His promise never fails.Courtesy Moody Monthly.


Ring out, wild bells to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.

Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow;
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.

Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more;
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.

Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out my mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.

Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.

Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.

Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.—Alfred, Lord Tennyson

(Ezek. 36. 26; John 3. 7)

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