Wednesday, January 02, 2008

The God Of Second Chances

I love New Years' time because it is a time of new beginnings, fresh starts and second chances. I thought if things didn't go so well in 2007, then perhaps they might be better in 2008. Can I make the year I want?

The more I pondered and thought, the more I thought about God. I thought about a God who gives people second chances. Think about it. Adam and Eve were given a second chance after the fall in Genesis. Lot and his family were given a chance when God destroyed Sodom and Gamorrah. King David was given a second chance when he killed Uriah and slept with Bathsheba. King Manassah was given a second chance and drove all the idols and Ashara poles out of temple and made the decree that God was the only god of Isreal.

As you look at the New Testament, Jesus gave people countless second chances. He gave the woman at the well a second chance as well as the woman caught in the act of adultery. Zaccheus the tax collector, "doubting" Thomas, Peter and Saul the persecutor of the church who became Paul all were given second chances.

How about you and I? How many second chances does God give us? Why not thank the God of second chances?

What do you think?
Share your thoughts.


Blogger Godzheart said...

Happy New Year Pastor. Have a very blessed and wonderful year ahead.

12:26 AM  
Blogger Milly said...

I need that second chance right now. Happy New Year.

12:30 AM  
Blogger laymond said...

Kinney; how many chances?

Mt:18:22: Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

have a great year brother!!

9:07 AM  
Blogger cwinwc said...

Our God is a God of extremes when looking at Him with human understanding. I think this applies to the number of chances he gives His creation as well.

Happy New Year Brother.

9:34 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

I hope you also have a wonderful year ahead.

I am glad that this post could be relavent to your life right now. I hope you have a Happy New Year Sister!

As many chances as you need brother as many chances as you need. :-).

9:34 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

Amen. I know I am glad that God is willing to go to extremes especially when it comes to the mistakes that I make in life. God bless you brother and I pray that 2008 is great year for you and your ministry.

9:37 AM  
Blogger jel said...

I'm very thankful that he is the God of 2nd chances! :)

hope all is well with U and family!

10:00 AM  
Blogger Terry said...

I appreciate your words, Preacherman. I'm thankful for second chances from our God, too.

7:06 PM  
Blogger Danny Sims said...

It amazes me how God gives second chances again and again, then can come down so hard, sometimes suddenly. Uzzah comes to mind...

It reminds me, He's God & I'm not.

7:28 PM  
Blogger mmlace said...

Happy New Year to you, preacherman! I love the idea of second chances and fresh starts. So glad that His mercies are new every morning!

8:10 PM  
Blogger Chris Clouse said...

I don't know what I would do if God wasn't a God of second, third, fourth, fifth, and so on, chances.

3:05 PM  
Blogger Royce Ogle said...


His mercy is renewed every morning. We who are His stand in grace, baptised in His love, overwhelmed by His kindness, safe because of His promises, secure because of who He is, and have no need He will not supply.

If God is for us who can be against us?

His peace,
Royce Ogle

4:35 PM  
Blogger Darin L. Hamm said...

take a chance preacherman.

I hope you have a good 2008.

1:27 AM  
Blogger Stacie said...

God has given many chances to get it right, it just took me a while to figure that out.
Happy New Year

10:23 PM  
Blogger David Kirk said...

I like the story of Jonah, in the belly of the fish praying for a second chance. And then when he got that chance he didn't want the same mercy extended to the Ninevites! I'm glad God has given me a second and third and fourth and many other chances! Happy new year preacherman!

9:17 AM  
Blogger Matthew said...

I remember preaching a lesson on this from 1 Timothy 1:12-16. It is a great text for a second chance sermon.

1:43 PM  
Blogger Gallagher said...

Happy New Year.....God is gracious for another day in another year.

8:38 AM  
Blogger preacherman said...

A big thank you to everyone for the happy new years and all the wonderful comments and thoughts it is wonderful to comments and thoughts about our God being a God of second chances. As Christians, with his grace he goes way beyond giving us second chances and for that I am extremely thankful. God thank you.

9:32 AM  
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