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In a Nutshell

In a Nutshell

Pastor Ken Cline - December 29, 2019

In a Nutshell

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The year is almost over and that means most of us are probably taking some time to reflect on 2019 and set some resolutions for 2020. Though January 1 is just another day, it’s a reminder that we get to start new each day as followers of Jesus. Give the sermon a listen to get a better idea of how you can start off the new year. 

Of course, PK’s sermons aren’t complete without some sort of illustration. Just as it can be tradition to crack open nuts around Christmastime, we must ask the Lord to crack open our 2019 and show us what’s inside. Psalm 139:23 “Search me, O God, and know my heart.”

In John 21, Jesus does just this with Peter by asking him three times if he “loves me more than these?” Do you love me more than fishing, than the men you’ve built relationships with, than the life you are comfortable in? As Jesus asked Peter the third time, Peter became grieved because he remembered his failures. However,  we see in this story that when God searches our hearts he doesn’t just bring our failures into the open; he encourages and reminds us of our calling. Peter was still called to be a leader, but this examining was to make him a better leader. If we want growth and transformation, we have to go through the searching and examining. 

PK challenges us to ask God to crack the shell of 2019 and to take a look at how you are KNOWing, FLOWing, GROWing, and GOing—New Life’s mission. PK revisits the sermon’s illustration with the acronym NUTS: Never Underestimate The Savior. The cracking open process may be uncomfortable, but it will allow Him to do some big things in 2020.