Happy NEW Year

I love this day.

2020 is done. Gone. Over. Finished. Kaput.

2021 is here. A fresh start. A clean slate. Endless possibilities. Everything NEW.

To help us all keep that perspective as long as possible, the following is a greatest hits collection of “new” Bible verses. Pray through each and every syllable, asking the Holy Spirit to put ’em deeeeep in your heart as we dive into 2021.

Happy NEW Year!

I am making everything new!
(Revelation 21:5)

I love this day.

A fresh start. A clean slate. Endless possibilities. Everything NEW.

The new year has been very good to me so far. In the 23 minutes that I’ve been awake, I’ve managed to avoid messing anything up too badly.

To help keep that perspective of new-ness as long as possible, I decided to start off the new year by reading every single Bible verse that contains that awesome word — “new.” Here’s a mere sampling of what I found. Pray through each and every word, asking the Holy Spirit to drive these truths deep into your heart, soul and mind as we head into 2010 . . .

New Every Morning. Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. (Lamentations 3:23)

New Heart and New Spirit. I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. (Ezekiel 36:26)

New Song. Sing to the Lord a new song, for he has done marvelous things. (Psalm 98:1)

New Perspective. Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland. (Isaiah 43:18-19)

New Covenant. This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is poured out for you. (Luke 22:20)

New Command. A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. (John 13:34)

New Life. We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:4)

New Way. But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code. (Romans 7:6)

New Creation. If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

New Self. You were taught, with regard to your former way of life, to put off your old self, which is being corrupted by its deceitful desires; to be made new in the attitude of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness. (Ephesians 4:22-24)

New Heavens and New Earth. Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isaiah 65:17)

What should our response be to all this wonderful new-ness? Take it from Jesus’ close friend, Peter:

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,
and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade—
kept in heaven for you.
(1 Peter 1:3-4)


New Life

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation:
the old has gone, the new has come! (2 Corinthians 5:17)

One of my favorite things to do when I’m traveling is to check out local churches. Yesterday, I had the extreme privilege of attending New Life Church on the campus of the University of Michigan.

The above is New Life’s theme verse. From what I experienced, it certainly strives to embody the “!” at the end. My ears are still ringing from the rather rockin’ worship.

The service centered on reconciliation as demonstrated by the parable of the prodigal son. Besides learning that Badgers like myself can actually learn to love Wolverines, here’s what we covered:

  • If you’re a prodigal son, go home. Get out of the pig slop of sin and run to your Heavenly Father. He’ll welcome you with open arms, forgive your sins and throw you a party.
  • If you’re like the other son in the story, stop living like you’re dead. Stop judging others and grumbling about what God has given you.

The service concluded with a call to action:

All this is from God,
who reconciled us to himself through Christ
and gave us the ministry of reconciliation:
that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ,
not counting men’s sins against them.
And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.
(2 Corinthians 5:18-19)

Here’s the kicker:

We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors,
as though God were making his appeal through us.
(2 Corinthians 5:20a)

We’re Christ’s ambassadors. Let Him reach out to others and make his appeal of reconciliation through you. Live like you’re alive.