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HELLO FRIENDS: 01.30.14 – Change is Good

Hello Friends,

Over the last week or so I’ve been able to watch a transformation happen on the corner of Wallace Drive and Glen Greek. I drive around that area quite often on any given day, whether I’m heading home, going to the church, hauling our kids to events, or getting groceries at Roth’s. OK…I also fuel up at My Starbucks pretty close to there (I’m actually writing this from that hallowed spot).

The transformation in progress involves the ripping down of some old, run down buildings in order to make way for something new. I’m not sure of what’s coming next. I’ve heard rumors of a rerouted intersection for better traffic flow. Perhaps it’s a new strip mall, or if I’m lucky, we’ll get a Vespa dealership or H&M (here’s to dreaming).

Regardless, sometimes things have to be torn down and replaced when they no longer serve the purposes for which they were intended. That’s not always a bad thing. Change is good.

Say it with me:  Change. Is. Good.

That wasn’t so hard, right?

God is into change too. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”

The old becomes new in Christ. That can be a long, painful process for us, but the end-result is oh-so worth it.

Even when it comes to our methods, programs, styles, and preferences we have to consider that God is into change. Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 9:16-17 “No one puts a piece of unshrunk cloth on an old garment, for the patch tears away from the garment, and a worse tear is made. Neither is new wine put into old wine skins. If it is, the skins burst and the wine is spilled and the skins are destroyed. But new wine is put into fresh wine skins, and both are preserved.”

The work that the Lord wants to do in us in these days, I believe, is a NEW work. He desires to change us; making us more like himself.

Are you open to this?  Thankfully, we have a great promise in the Word of God that “His Mercy is New Every Morning.”

Let’s lean into his NEW mercy together.

Blessings,

Pastor John

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1 Comment

  1. Kathryn Cochran on February 23, 2014 at 12:38 pm

    I saw this blog entry not even 15 minutes after I was told that after 19 years with the same company, I’m being let go in about 6 months. Of course I was completely sad about the job loss, but the new hope I found after reading this message really has helped me believe that the change is going to be good no matter how scary or big it feels to me right now. I know that God has a change that is bigger and better than what I’m leaving behind very soon. Thank you for the words at EXACTLY the moment I needed them, the timing is perfect.