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Start the new year out right

Pastor's corner

POSTED: January 6, 2018 5:30 p.m.

Whether we like it or not, the new year is here. As we look back at this past year, there are probably things that we are not proud of, things that we wish we would have done differently. There are those who need to stop some bad habits, and there are those who need to start some good ones.

The bad news is that we can’t go back and change things, but there is good news. We can make better choices, we can stop doing things that are not beneficial and start doing things that are.

Maybe this is what the Apostle Paul had in mind when he wrote in Philippians 3:13-14, "But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus."

Some may need a complete overhaul, meaning that they have no spiritual pulse. There has not been a time in their life when they truly became a follower of Jesus Christ – who, when he comes into a person’s life, begins to transform them.

Again, I think this is what Paul is referring to in Ephesians 4:22-24, "You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness."

Our church is named "New Beginnings" because we want it to be a place where those who need a new beginning can find it here.

Whether the need is a new life or just a new start, we just might be the place for you.

The most important thing is that whatever your place in life is, you start out the new year right.

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