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New Year, New Blessings

Posted by Tim McConnell on

At the beginning of 2021, I find myself appealing to the Lord in new ways for new blessings. Surprisingly that can mean leaning back on old ways. The Heidelberg Catechism is a lesson plan for learning the Christian faith. It grew out of the Reformation in the 1500s. Its words bring a strong sense of comfort as we walk into 2021. Here are the first two questions and answers: 

Q. 1. What is your only comfort, in life and in death? 

A. That I belong-body and soul, in life and in death-not to myself but to my faithful Savior, Jesus Christ. At the cost of his own blood, he has fully paid for all my sins and has completely freed me from the dominion of the devil. He protects me so well that without the will of my Father in heaven not a hair can fall from my head. Indeed, everything must fit his purpose for my salvation. Therefore, by his Holy Spirit, he also assures me of eternal life, and makes me wholeheartedly willing and ready from now on to live for him. 

Q. 2. How many things must you know that you may live and die in the blessedness of this comfort? 

A. Three. First, the greatness of my sin and wretchedness. Second, how I am freed from all my sins and their wretched consequences. Third, what gratitude I owe to God for such redemption. 

There is comfort in knowing we belong to Jesus. There is peace in the assurance that, come what may, we are in His hands.  

Peter knew this comfort. We start a new series this week, Here We Go! looking again at our First Pres Way: 7 Values in Our Pursuit of Jesus. 1 Peter will be our guide all the way through. Peter knew he belonged to Jesus. He knew he was purchased by His blood. He knew that the Lord who bought and saved him would never leave him nor forsake him. We can share in that same faith as we start 2021. Not a hair. Not a question. Not a hardship or a blessing, but that God allows and holds me steady as it goes, fitting His purpose for my salvation. Whatever 2021 holds, we will Live for God

Happy New Year! 

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