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The story of the Bible is the story of new beginnings. Noah enters a world cleansed and renewed by God after the flood. The Old Covenant extends continuing forgiveness (newness) through an elaborate system of sacrifices and offerings. The Promised Land reminds of God's power and intention to renew his people. Jeremiah buys the field as God instructs because he sees a new reality beyond the hopelessness of Babylonian invasion and oppression.
Jesus comes to recreate the old creation, promising the possibility of newness and freshness in Christ where all things have been made new, where all are new creation (2 Cor. 5:17). Paul promises constant renewal from the inside out (2 Cor. 4:16-18). In the book of Revelation, John writes of a new heaven and a new earth as he describes the ultimate purpose of God.
Today, we are at a new place in our lives and in the life of this church, with new challenges and new opportunities. I encourage you to recognize and celebrate today your personal renewal in Christ. I urge you to see the new realities God is placing before this church. The past is past--we cannot go back. The present is a present from God--let us use it wisely. The future is in God's hands--may he be glorified and may the world come to know renewal through salvation in Jesus.
Few things in life are as invigorating as beginning again. Few things are harder. Few things are more rewarding. God is blessings us mightily in this moment. We are beginning again. Dear Lord, help us do it well in your power and your will!
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