First Christian Church of River View

 The Church with a Smile & an Open Door.


New Tricks                                                                                 

Text; Ezekiel 18:27, 31, John 3:21, NAS


I have an old dog that has one old trick.  Dixie chases shadows but sadly has she never caught one. She loves the shadows of birds and airplanes flying overhead in sunlight and her own shadow in the headlights coming up the driveway at night.  Everyone drives cautiously because we know Dixie is always running to and fro in front of the car trying to catch her shadow.  The old dog truly needs to learn a new trick, because we fear this old trick is going to be the death of her yet.  I truly do not like the idea of us humans being compared to dogs, but how often we have heard, “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks.”  Said “dog” is actually referring to a human who is very set in their ways.  Being set in one’s ways will not necessarily “be the death of you yet” as the shadow chasing dog, but there are certainly some habits that are dangerous and downright deadly.  Do you believe there is hope of turning the old habits to new habits – old tricks to new tricks?  In Ezekiel, Israel is warned of the consequence (death) of the habits (the sins) they are practicing, but they are given hope if they learn new Godly habits.  When a wicked man turns away from his wickedness which he has committed and practices justice and righteousness, he will save his life.  God does, therefore, seem to be a firm believer that old dogs can learn new tricks.  People can change and break old sinful habits that are sure to lead to death.  New Godly practices lead to eternal life. But he who practices the truth comes to the Light, so that his deeds may be manifested as having been wrought in God."  Break old habits.  Make good Godly choices.  R U N?