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Happy New You!


There are many in our church ready to say goodbye to 2013. So much change, turmoil, sorrow and heartache. A new year always promises us a new beginning, but like a new car, a new year will soon lose its new car smell. A ding, a scratch, a stain will surely come into 2014, just as it has in every year in the past.
But that is no reason to be “Debbie Downer” about the new year. The promise for the Christian is that Christ “makes all things new” (Rev. 21:5). One of my life verses is 2 Cor. 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold all things have become new.”
But can we truly have that, even in the midst of “when sorrows like sea billows roll”? Those very words were penned by a man who had lost his daughters, but had the blessed assurance that through Christ, he would see them again.
Jesus described the Kingdom of Heaven in Matthew 13:52 as like a householder who brings out of his treasure things new and old. Parables like this one …