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January 2020 Newsletter

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Except from Pastor Parsons article: New Year . . . New You?

It’s that time of year again, the time of resolutions. “I’m going to be the best I can be this year.” With goals of weight loss, you may cry out like Jim Carrey’s The Grinch when he measures his heart, “Yes! Down a size and a half! And this time, I’ll keep it off.” Resolutions can cover a whole multitude of options. Weight loss; being a better person; spending less money; having a better devotional life.

So many ways to make ourselves better . . . and so few ways before we usually find out that we don’t really care enough to stick to those plans. Sometimes it’s easier to just stay the same old us, and maybe try again next year.

Well, praise God he did not take this path of thinking when it came to him making us new. This wasn’t just about our physical appearance or attitude or mentality. This was, and is, about all that we are and everything that we do. God knew that the old us was never going to be enough. The old me and the old you were sinners who despised God and wanted everything for ourselves except a relationship with our God.

But with that idea for ourselves, we would never gain anything. We would never be anything good. All that we would gain for ourselves is an eternity in hell, an eternity never knowing the love of God. But God does love us enough that he did not wish for us to stay in such a hopeless and condemned state. As you move into this new year, rejoice that God has already made you knew.

This shows in who you are and in what you do. 14 For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.15 And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

16 So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.

Through the love and actions of Christ, you have been made new. You are no longer a God-despising sinner, but one who lives in and for God. As new creations, we long to live in the love of God and to serve God with his message of reconciliation.

As you make plans for yourself, and as those plans follow through or fail, know that there is a plan that was fulfilled to make you the best you that you can be. Be reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Praise God that he has made you a new creation and pray to be held always in his loving care.

Amen

In Christ,

Pastor Wolf B. Parsons

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