Tuesday, January 1, 2013 "Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers" (3 John 2). IDEA: We are better off having a prosperous soul than we are having prosperous circumstances. PURPOSE: To help listeners to realize that the best prosperity is not in what we have, but in what we are. Suppose we were a committee in charge of deciding when New Year's Day would occur? What days might occur to you as a good way to begin a new year? Why do you think most countries have landed on January 1st as the start of the new year? I. Do you think there's any benefit at all to celebrating New Year's Day? II. Have you ever attended what used to be called a Watch Night Service? III. Suppose you were invited to speak on the last night of the old year at a Watch Night Service? Let me suggest a text that can be either positive or negative: 3 John 2: " Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers." When Christmas cards add the greeting, "Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year," do you think they are referring to this greeting of John? If we meant this greeting, do you think that some people might find it a threat? Why? If we took it seriously, what would we do to be sure that the coming year is a prosperous one? CONCLUSION: We want to wish you, our listeners, this new year greeting: Beloved, I pray that you may prosper in all things and be in health, just as your soul prospers.