As I am writing this article, I am looking forward to October and dreaming of fall. Currently, it is the end of September and 98 degrees outside! What’s wrong with that?
In my dream about the fall season, I’m enjoying a cool, crisp, morning while sitting on my back porch sipping a warm cup of coffee and observing a colorful array of Arkansas’ fall foliage. It’s a good dream, and so I pray: “Lord, will you make my dream come true? Please.”
As you can tell, I’m ready for a change. So, how about you. Are you ready for a change? You know, the Gospel is all about change. The bible says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come” (2 Cor. 5:17). Furthermore, Paul tells the Corinthians that as Christ followers, who and what we used to be is no longer who and what we are. After giving a list of ten “old nature” characteristics, Paul celebrates our new natures by saying, “And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Cor. 6:11). Thank God for his Holy Spirit and the change that he has brought and is bringing to our lives.
As the summer ends and the fall begins, I’m praying that the Calvary family will enter into a time of refreshing spiritual newness and transformation. God is certainly doing some exciting things at our church. For instance, during October, we will have the privilege of celebrating several baptisms and witness the transformation that begins when one accepts Christ. Also, we will hear an amazing story of the power of forgiveness and the change that it can bring to relationships. Additionally, we will learn how we can change lives and invest in the kingdom of God by leaving a spiritual legacy. Furthermore, in our sermon series and small group studies, we will be challenged to change by growing into mature disciples of Christ who embrace his standards and serve his church.
So, Calvary family, let’s embrace the new. Let’s celebrate transformation. Let’s dream of changing for the better, of being more like Christ. It’s a good dream, and so we pray: “Lord, will you make our dream come true? Please.”
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