1/2/21-Weekly Letter from Pastor Melvin

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Dear Church Family,

Happy New Year, beloved! There are so many “traditional” things concerning resolutions I could say at the beginning of this new year that could both challenge and encourage us. Also, it would be so easy to address the challenges of 2020 once more being in the rearview mirror of yesterday. However, I would like to do something normal for me and you that sort of combines both of the previous statements. So, similar to what I did during this past Christmas season, and what I intend to do throughout the new year, I simply want to draw our attention to Jesus in the Scriptures—how He changes our past, makes us new, challenges and encourages us, and calls us to resolve to do something:

For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that One has died for all, therefore all have died; and He died for all, that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for Him who for their sake died and was raised.

From now on, therefore, we regard no one according to the flesh. Even though we once regarded Christ according to the flesh, we regard Him thus no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to Himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake He made Him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God.

(2 Corinthians 5:14-21)

May Jesus be our continual life focus beginning this first day of the year and throughout.

Once again, Happy New Year, family!