New Year’s Eve 2016 — Dec 31

Happy New Year! Please note: We'll have two worship services at 11 a.m. on New Year's Day. No Sunday School. Learn about New Year's Day childcare here. Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “See, the home of God is among mortals. He will dwell with them; they will be his peoples, and God himself will be with them; he will wipe every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; mourning and crying and pain will be no more, for the first things have passed away." And the one who was seated on the throne said, "See, I am making all things new." Also he said, "Write this, for these words are trustworthy and true." Then he said to me, "It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give water as a gift from the spring of the water of life.” -- Revelation 21:1-6   Christmas is about the end of the year. 2016 is about done, and 2017 is about to dawn. Much of what lies ahead is just in the cards, and there is not a thing you can do about it. We accept and go with the flow, trusting that God is with us -- Emmanuel! But God is also FOR us, which means the future is being shaped to bless us. God promises a new city of peace and healing for all who are devoted to Christ. Death and pain and sorrow are on God's demolition list. Write it down. Let this promise give you confidence and hope. We live in a world that loves to buy lots of new things, only to get weary of them. God loves to make all things new -- especially people -- and he never gets weary of doing it.