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Getting Off to a Great Start

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  Ken Dalton August 27, 2000








1.     Live Each Moment With _______________


Important Terms:

Ethics are your _____________ beliefs and values. This is what you say you believe.

Morals are your ways of living your life. This is what you actually ______.

Integrity is when your ethics are ___________by your morals – when what you say you believe is matched by how you choose to live your life.


Practice the 5 "A's" of Moral Strength

#1 -- __________ That You Are Weak Without God

"But Moses said to God, 'Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?'"   Exodus 3:11


#2 -- __________ God's Power and Presence

"For God is at work within you, giving you the will and the power to

  achieve His purpose."  Philippians 2:13 (Phillips Translation)


"God said to me, '…where there is weakness, My power is shown   more 

  completely.' Therefore I have cheerfully made up my mind to be proud

  of my weaknesses, because they mean a deeper experience of Christ's

  power…For my very weakness makes me strong in Him!"    2

  Corinthians 12:9-10 (Phillips)


#3 -- ___________ Yourself With God's Will

"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of

  your heart."  Psalm 37:4


"I made a covenant with my eyes not to look lustfully at a girl." 

 Job 31:1


#4 -- ________ God For the Power You Need

"…The LORD is the everlasting God…He will not grow tired or

  weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives

  strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak." 

  Isaiah 40:28-31


#5 -- ________ Out of Obedience to God Even If You Don't  

        "Feel" Like It

"Yet as soon as the priests who carried the ark reached the Jordan

  and their feet touched the water's edge, the water from upstream

  stopped flowing …"  Joshua 3:15-16


2.     Talk to Jesus Each Morning About Your ________________

"As for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the LORD by failing to pray for

   you."     1 Samuel 12:23



3.    Do Whatever You Can to Get Your Friends to _________________

"The first thing Andrew did was to find his brother Simon and tell him, "We have   found the Messiah" (that is, the Christ).  And he brought him to Jesus".  John 1:41-42


"Since they could not get him to Jesus because of the crowd, they made an opening in the roof above Jesus and, after digging through it, lowered the mat the paralyzed man was lying on."     Mark 2:4 (NIV) 



4.    Spend Your Life As a Dispenser of ___________

·         Grace Knows That Relationships Don't Prosper Because the Guilty Are Punished, But Because the _________________ Are Merciful

"But if we are living in the light of God's presence, just as 

Christ does, then we have wonderful fellowship and joy with

each other, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from

every sin."      1 John 1:7 (TLB)


·         Radical Grace Pushes Us _______ the Lives of the People We'd Rather _______________.

"Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another's feet."    John 13:14 (NIV)

Every time you and I face a strained relationship, we have 3 choices:

è     _____________

è     _____________

è     _____________

"Be kind and loving to each other, and forgive each other just

as God forgave you in Christ."   Ephesians 4:32 (NIV)

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