As we begin the month of September school is back in session, the reruns come to an end and we resume much of the same scheduling that we've put aside for a couple of months. Some changes are evident, as the children begin in a new grade or school, or for some, no more school! I hear there's a new kid on the block in late night TV. Some sporting events are soon to be in playoffs, while others are now in pre-season.
Sandy has been attempting to educate me on the NASCAR proceedings and rules. When it comes to the Caution yellow, especially after a crash, I am still trying to figure out how it is decided who restarts where. And then there's the "Lucky Dog", the driver who was first of the drivers being one lap down when the caution flag was waved. He's then waved around to again be on the lead lap. Then, there's "Pit Road" , and a lot of shuffling of position happens there. Once the track is clear the pace car leads the drivers in proper order to the restart, where almost anything can happen.
Usually I enjoy a fresh new start. Oftentimes we look to the New Year as the fresh start mark. Evidently, a lot of people would like to have a fresh start in life. They think, “I’ve blown it, I’ve messed up, I’ve really made a mess of things in my life. I’d like a fresh start.”
Jesus is in the business of giving people a fresh start. The apostle Peter says, “Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, 5 who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5)
Have you been hearing that the end is near, that the world is coming to an end in the near future? Once again we hear our society dictating we must keep God out of our schools, and evidently His Word has no clout! "The fear of THE LORD is the beginning of wisdom", yet we have removed wisdom from our courts, schools and TV. A fresh start? Isn't that what God intended with the worldwide flood in Noah's day? Maybe our society is in self-destruct mode. Take a look at Romans 1: 18ff once again, as God has given man over to his base mind, that he can do whatever he wants, but there is consequence.
Maybe you remember the verse, Refrain:
"We've a story to tell to the nations, For the darkness shall turn to dawning,
that shall turn their hearts to the right, and the dawning to noonday bright, and
a story of truth and mercy, Christ's great kingdom shall come on earth,
a story of peace and light, the kingdom of love and light."
Our church picnic is scheduled for September 20, at 10:30, at the Central Riverside Park. We are hoping that everyone will invite several people to come, because we've a story to tell to the nations, "GOD LOVES YOU!". CASABO should be our salutation: Come again soon, and bring others. GLYSDI, P.B.