“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.” – I Peter 1:3
Brothers, Sisters, Friends,
Everything that we do should be grounded in that reality. By the grace of God, we are not who we once were! We have been reborn! Christ has come and has walked among us. He lived the life we could never live and died the death that we deserved. Everyone who puts their trust in him will be given new birth.
What does that look like in your life? Are you the same person you were five, ten, or twenty years ago? Are you the same person you were two months ago? Or is God continuing to renew you, giving you rebirth, and shaping you into the man or woman God desires you to be?
When we put our faith in Christ, there is a moment in which we are reborn. What follows, then, is a lifetime of being shaped by the Master Craftsman into something gracious, loving, beautiful, and useful for His purposes. My fervent prayer is that the Holy Spirit would continue to work in us and through us, as we together “grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ” (Ephesians 4:15).
My family and I are so glad to finally be here; and we look forward to all that God has in store. We’re still getting settled in, but we invite all of you to stop by the parsonage and visit anytime. I will be available in the office on Tuesdays from 9am-5pm, by chance, and by appointment. My cell is 734-272-5667, and that is probably the best way to get a hold of me. Rachael and I look forward to getting to know each and every one of you, as we together reach out in love and ministry to Blissfield and the surrounding community.
Much love and many blessings,