A New Creation

"…if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation…" (2 Cor 5:17a, HCSB)

Second Chances

Rainbow at SunriseDo you sometimes wonder if the world is beyond salvation? Do you look around at the corruption of mankind and see signs of the end times? Sometimes, I do. Sometimes I find myself wondering if it wouldn’t be perfectly convenient for Christ to return today. Of course, many of my fellow Christians have tried for the last 2,000 years to predict when this will occur even though we know it is not for us to know. Since we cannot know, we must live in this world. Today is another day and, God willing, the sun will rise tomorrow.

When I opened my Bible today, I hoped that God would put something uplifting and encouraging in front of me.  I prayed for a positive message – perhaps something I could share as good news. Of course, the message of the Gospel is Good News, but what about the rest? First, my “Bible” is actually an iPad and my present choice for reading is the HCSB Study Bible app. Long ago, I set up one of the daily reading plans.

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Cloverton – The End is the Beginning

This is the latest release from an up-and-coming group from America’s Heartland – Manhattan, Kansas, to be specific. I really enjoy their previous music as well, especially, “Hope Inside”, and “Take Me Into the Beautiful”. Check them out at their website and on iTunes as well.

A New Day Dawning

Matthew 28:6: He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. (HCSB)

Matthew 28:6: He is not here! For He has been resurrected, just as He said. (HCSB)

“Good morning!” Do you know the origin of the phrase? I admit that I do not know for sure and frankly won’t trust an Internet search for the answer. I’ve been told many times here in Germany that its origins are a blessing and that “Good” evolved out of a blessing akin to “God morning”. Perhaps it meant “God bless you this morning!” I can’t promise that’s what it means but for this morning, I’m going to run with that.

The tomb is empty, the Lord is risen! Let this new day dawning be a new beginning in our lives. Let this sunrise be a reminder that it doesn’t have to be New Year’s Day or Easter Sunday for us to see God’s redemption at work. Whatever may be on your mind right now, know that your troubles are small and momentary. Take a deep breath, close your eyes, try to clear your mind, and let God fill the space with His loving forgiveness and caring.

Today is a new day and the Son has risen!

Cross image licensed to Robert Busby by istockphoto.com on 5 March 2012

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