Saturday, February 4, 2017

Life Begins Anew

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This morning the flowers of the maple are in full bloom. A pair of bluebirds flitting through the red branches,  the mourning dove and her mate on the power line, and a flicka hammering against the warming soil in search of a few bugs, my backyard filled with chirping and cheeping all reminded me that life begins anew. Yes, there will probably be another snow or two in the next few weeks, but spring is in the air.

The sights and sounds this morning took me back to my childhood church. On a warm Easter morning, the stained glass windows were raised just enough to allow a spring breeze to cool the church. As a small child, all I remember is the chirping of the birds and the smell of spring flowers wafting on the breeze. I suppose the sermon was about the resurrection, because I recall wondering if this was what the morning was like when the women found the empty tomb.

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then were all dead:  and that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. II Corinthians 5:14 KJV

We were all spiritually dead, but through Christ we have a new life. Therefore, we should live for Him and not for ourselves.

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.  And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; II Corinthians 5:17,18. KJV

Hey Kids:
What a great time of year to add to your noticing journals, taking photos, drawing, writing about all things new.

It’s also a great time to examine ourselves.
Are we new creatures in Christ?
How are we assisting Him in the ministry to bring others to Christ?
Can a child be a part of ministry?

Even a child is known by his doings,
   whether his work be pure, and whether it be right. Proverbs 20:11

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