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  • Happy New Year Living Word Family!

    As always, Emily and I have our traditions in ushering in the New Year. We always stay up till midnight, watch the ball drop, and share a kiss over some sparkling grape juice. But, as always, we come into the New Year and nothing really changes for us. Maybe there are resolutions we think about making and we have to train our brain to sign checks with a different digit at the end. But, other than that, a lot of things continue on as they have been.

    Fortunately, this is not the way things operate in the realm of our relationship with the Lord. Instead, for those of us who are following the Lord, there is a daily change and renewal in store for us!!

    For you, this started back at your salvation. Paul writes: “If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.”                  (2 Corinthians 5:17) For us who are saved, something has changed. A switch has been flipped. We no longer have the same desires, the same perspective on life, or the same self-centered mentality. Instead, we have been made new. God has done a work in our hearts and lives by His Holy Spirit to make us like His Son Jesus.

    However, the newness that we have as Christians doesn’t stop with our salvation, but it is true EVERY MORNING. As Jeremiah the prophet writes: “The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:22-23)

    What this means for us as Christians is that every day, we wake up to a New Day, a fresh start. The Lord God invites us every day to see His faithfulness to us, His provision for us, His forgiveness for us! Maybe yesterday wasn’t such a good day. Maybe you made a mistake, maybe you said something to a family member or a friend that you shouldn’t have, maybe you fell into temptation. NEVERTHELESS, God in His mercy and grace is there afresh for you. Today is a new day!

    And the beautiful thing about that for us as believers is that no matter what we may face, whatever storms may come against us…we don’t have to wait for a future day for God to walk with us through that. We don’t have to wait for a future event for His mercy and grace. Instead, today is that day for us. Therefore, as we go into the New Year, may you trust anew in God’s mercy and grace today.

    Only Jesus,

    Pastor Olson

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