Laugh Again

September 26, 2021 • Brian Becker • It's A New Day

When we were children it was easier to believe and imagine that the improbable and impossible could happen. Then life happened. And for many of us: “then this year happened.” A primary theme of scripture is a demonstration of God’s commitment to redeem, restore, and renew the things in our lives that have been hurt, damaged, and broken. The promise of a new day awaits!

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Sermon Notes - September 26th, 2021
It’s A New Day (Laugh again) - Brian Becker

Psalm 126:1-3 (MSG)
It seemed like a dream, too good to be true, when God returned Zion’s exiles. We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations: “God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.

Psalm 126:4-6 (MSG)
And now, God, do it again — bring rains to our drought-stricken lives So those who planted their crops in despair will shout “Yes!” at the harvest, So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing, with armloads of blessing.

“God gets his family back.” -Philip Yancey

Believe Again
Laugh Again
Pray Again
Sing Again
Dream Again

…We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune…
…And now God do it again…So those who went off with heavy hearts will come home laughing…

Proverbs 17:22 (NLT)
A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.

Laughter:
- relaxes the whole body
- boosts the immune system
- triggers the release of endorphins
- protects the heart
- lightens anger’s heavy load

Remembered what God had done (Past)
Identified what God was doing (Present)
Believed what God would do (Future)

People with pain were asked to party…not to forget life, but to remember God.

Exodus 23: 14-17a (NLT)
“Each year you must celebrate three festivals in my honor. First, celebrate the Festival of Unleavened Bread. For seven days the bread you eat must be made without yeast, just as I commanded you. Celebrate this festival annually at the appointed time in early spring… for that is the anniversary of your departure from Egypt…

Psalm 126:1-3 (MSG)
We laughed, we sang, we couldn’t believe our good fortune. We were the talk of the nations: “God was wonderful to them!” God was wonderful to us; we are one happy people.


The God who brought you here will not leave you here.


Exodus 23:16a (NLT)
“Second, celebrate the Festival of Harvest, when you bring me the first crops of your harvest.

Gratefulness is best expressed through generosity to God and others.

2 Corinthians 9:7b (NIV)
…God loves a cheerful giver.

Exodus 23:16b-17 (NLT)
“Finally, celebrate the Festival of the Final Harvest at the end of the harvest season, when you have harvested all the crops from your fields. At these three times each year, every man in Israel must appear before the Sovereign Lord.

The people of God, feel the joy of God when they celebrate and place their faith and future in God.

TOGETHER WE MUST…
Remember what God has done (Past)
Identify what God is doing (Present)
Believe what God will do (Future)