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March 14, 2017, 1:05 PM

March 15, 2017

“Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; new things have come.”   2 Corinthians 5:17

    Just when we thought spring had arrived, we are harshly reminded that winter desires to hang on a little longer.  It also reminds us that things are not always what they appear to be and that things can change very abruptly.  However, as we remain patient, spring will officially arrive along with the beauty of the season.  As we look forward to spring, we think of the flowers, gardens and outdoor activities that will take place.  We will then focus on new life emerging as we move from the dreary days of winter to the exciting days of spring.  As we think of new life, we must focus on the new life we have in Jesus.

    The Scripture passage above reminds us that “in Christ all things are made new”.  We cannot help but think of all the beauty associated with the months approaching.  However, there are some other things that can happen with the arrival of spring.  Have you ever been to an abandoned estate to see what was once a beautiful, thriving flower garden?  Maybe you saw a rose bush that had become all gnarled and overgrown from years of neglect.  Maybe you’ve owned a tree or shrub that had been overtaken by more aggressive vines and plants that appeared to be hopeless to save.  You then took the time to clean the aggressive vine and plants away, pruned it and even added some fertilizer.  What happened?  Amazingly the once hopeless looking tree or shrub put on new growth and began to bloom because of the special care it had been given.

    What does that help us remember?  It reminds us of the love and care God has for us in His Son, Jesus.  Have worldly weeds and vines overtaken your life?  Whether you have never known Him or have strayed away, God desires a relationship and close fellowship with you.  In either case, God must remove the clutter and aggression of the world so that you will be useful in the Kingdom.  Oftentimes, God’s pruning and cleaning in our lives is painful but it is always for our benefit.  God wants us blooming in an otherwise cold and dull world.  If you do not know Him, you can become His child today by repenting of your sins and asking Jesus to save you.  If you do know Him but have strayed from fellowship with Him, ask Him to remove the worldly vines that so easily entangle us so that you are growing, blooming and revealing Jesus to a lost world.  Praying you are having a great week!

                                                                                                                                                         We love you,

                                                                                                                                                         Brad and Virginia

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