The New is Here!

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It is now 9:58 in the evening.

Still another two hours before the new year, the sound of fireworks in my vicinity has already begun.

Why is it that people celebrate what is new?

A new year?

A new job?

A new baby?

Newness brings with it an open-ended invitation to possibilities.

What we have hoped might become a reality.

We are encouraged as we think of that which is to come as being “better” than what has already been.

For believers in Jesus, we celebrate our new lives.

When we yielded ourselves to God, the transformation was complete.

2 Corinthians 5:17 reads,

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!

This dramatic change–this rebirth–has made us to be a new creation.

When each of us is transformed in this way, choosing Jesus, there is a celebration of rejoicing in Heaven as well as in our hearts.

The new is here!

 

 

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The Rock

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As for God, His way is perfect:
    The Lord’s word is flawless;
    He shields all who take refuge in Him.
 For who is God besides the Lord?
    And who is the Rock except our God?
 It is God who arms me with strength
    and keeps my way secure.

—Psalm 18:30-32

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And the Two Will Become One

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What does it mean to be married?

Ephesians 5:31 reads:

As the scripture says, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife, and the two will become one.”

When someone is married, life is shared.

Happy life.
Sad life.

Healthy life.
Sick life.

Confident life.
Unsure life.

Faith life.
Doubting life.

What happens in one spouse’s life is felt in some way by the other.

A partnership of love.
An alliance of fidelity.
A union of commitment.

That’s what it means to be married.

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Be Strong in the Faith

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As I walked along the lake, I felt impressed to photograph the scene before me.

All was calm and serene.

Strong trees growing near the edge, laced with plants growing right out of the water.

Like those trees, I want to have my “roots” connected to Jesus, so that my life will thrive as I go about each day.

I want my life to be built on Him, being strong in faith.

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As you received Christ Jesus the Lord,

so continue to live in Him.

Keep your roots deep in Him

and have your lives built on Him.

Be strong in the faith,

just as you were taught,

and always be thankful.

—Colossians 2:6-7

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