2015: A New Beginning

Happy-New-Year-2015Bible
If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. Old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. – 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” – Revelation 21:5 (NKJV)

Commentary and sermons
When a new year begins, we should seek to serve God better than the year before. – Matthew Henry (Exodus 40:1)

Many of you are pondering some changes in the new year, because you have fallen into sinful patterns and want out. You want some new patterns of eating. New patterns of TV watching. New patterns of giving. New patterns of relating to your spouse. New patterns of family devotions. New patterns of sleep and exercise. New patterns of courage in witness. But you are struggling, wondering whether it’s any use. … Christ not only came to destroy the works of the devil – our sinning – he also came to be an advocate for us when we fail in our fight. So I plead with you, let the freedom to fail give you the hope to fight. But beware! If you turn the grace of God into license, and say, “Well, if I can fail, and it doesn’t matter, then why bother fighting?” – if you say that, and mean it, and go on acting on it, you are probably not born again and should tremble. But that is not where most of you are. Most of you want to fight sinful patterns in your life. And what God is saying to you this morning is this: let the freedom to fail give you hope to fight. I preach to you that you might not sin, but if you sin you have an advocate, Jesus Christ. – John Piper (December 20, 1998)

Poetry: In the Beginning
In the beginning, God
Created the heavens
Created the earth

In the beginning, God
Made them male
Made them female

In the beginning, the Word
Was with God
Was God
Was in the beginning with God

Christ, the beginning
Of the creation of God,
Has created in us
A new beginning

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