In this series of sermons on encouraging words from the Bible, our founding pastor, W. Graham Smith, talks about the causes of failure and how it’s never to late to rebound from failure. Here are some excerpts:

“The fact is, everyone experiences failure in life. Life is never an unbroken series of victories. We all have setbacks and losses, and sometimes a defeat can seem to overwhelm you. On occasion, we bring defeat on ourselves, but more often it is thrust upon us.

Now I realize that today, as we talk about how to rebound from a failure, some of you are saying, “But Pastor, I don’t need this message!” Well, let me tell you something — you had better take notes, because someday you’ll need this message, because everybody experiences defeats in life. So, take it down now, and use it as preventive medicine! The fact is — you will fail many times in life, but you are never a failure until you give up.

Now this morning I want to do two things:

  1. I want to look with you at some of the causes of failure, and
  2. I want to talk about what God’s Word says about getting a fresh start…”

“…Do you want a fresh start? Look at 2 Corinthians 5:17 (Phillips): “If a man is in Christ he becomes a new person altogether — the past is finished and gone; everything has become fresh and new.” God specializes in new beginnings. It’s never too late to start over. It’s called being “born again.” It doesn’t mean turning over a new leaf; it means trusting Christ to give you a new life…”


Graham has a lot more to say about this topic. If you would like to learn more, please download and read the attached transcript of the sermon, as the above excerpts do not even scratch the surface. If you would like to do a word search on the transcript, download the file, and then open the file with your web browser after downloading and use your browser’s find feature.

September 22, 1991

Job 17:11

Rev. W. Graham Smith

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