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Kermit L. Minnick, Pastor

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"You must be born again."                                              

  John 3:7

  We have arrived at that time of the year when discontent with certain aspects of our personal behavior reveals itself in setting goals and having intentions to exert ourselves to improve. These goals and intentions at the beginning of a new year in an endeavor to remake ourselves exude a sense of new or a fresh start in life; these resolutions manifest a renunciation of the past and a yearning for a change which is not only new or recent in time, but fresh and different in kind or quality. It is right that we should strive for improvement and desire to be better than we are. However, serious mistakes need to be avoided. The changes desired may be surface issues which do not begin to touch the corruption in our character. Many feel a need to lose weight, but there are various motives pressing this desire, and not all of them are good. Many feel a need to work harder, apply themselves more diligently, begin a savings account, or invest more wisely in order to be financially better off; but, here too, there are various motives producing these resolutions, and not all of them are good. And many feel a need to have more friends, to be wiser in social behavior, to climb to a higher rung on the social ladder. And here, as well, there are various motives encouraging this desire, not all of them commendable. The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life make up the warp and woof of our corrupt nature and these often dominate even in our new year's resolutions. This points to our need for a more substantive transformation - one which no resolution can reach. Each of us needs a new start in life with a different kind of life, but we are utterly unable to effect it. Jesus said, We "must be born again." This is not something a sinner does, but something God does to a sinner. God uses the Scriptures to regenerate (1 Peter 1:23), so we need to read the Bible and hear it preached. It is our duty to put ourselves under the sound of the gospel. But only God can regenerate. Only He can transform us. Jesus said, "Marvel not that I said unto you, "You must be born again." We must.
 

   
   

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