A New Beginning

rededicationIt’s easy to get lost in the Old Testament.  Many who set out to read through the Bible get lost by the early chapters of Leviticus.  Others who seek to follow the story line of the Bible find the division of the kingdom and keeping straight the two separate lines of monarchs to be a bit overwhelming.  Finally, even life long Bible students can get confused by the Babylonian exile, Zerubbabel’s return and the prophetic work of Haggai and Zechariah.

Thankfully, God brings everything together in the person of Jesus, especially the redemptive work of his death and resurrection.  In the cross the Law is fulfilled, the perfect sacrifice is offered, and sin is atoned.  Through Jesus’ resurrection God begins his new covenant of grace.  Salvation full and free is offered to all.  We have a message of hope for a lost and dying world.

We sing  Joy to the World at Christmas, but I think the third verse is especially appropriate at Easter:

No more let sins and sorrows grow,
Nor thorns infest the ground;
He comes to make His blessings flow
Far as the curse is found,
Far as the curse is found,
Far as, far as, the curse is found.

The curse is reversed!  Hallelujah!  God’s blessings are available for ALL.


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Byron FikePreaching Minister

Byron has been the preaching minister at Clear Lake since 1999. He and his wife have three grown children, who have also devoted their lives to serving the Lord. In his personal time, Byron likes to read books, watch movies, and play with his little dog Willie. He also is an avid follower of Alabama football, having grown up in Tuscaloosa during the glory days of Bear Bryant.

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