New beginnings

At Hood College, we just completed our first week of classes for the new school year. Many friends are also starting school soon or beginning new jobs.

Fall always brings about new beginnings for many of us, especially as students. Now I may be over-thinking a metaphor, but I find it interesting how fall is the beginning of the leaves falling and many things starting to die. So at the same time, there is an ending and a beginning.

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: a time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted” Ecclesiastes 3:1-2.

Who knows, maybe I am just being a romantic. But the point of this post is that we have to face new beginnings. And when new beginnings occur, we have to let go of the past in order to move forward.

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“I love Jesus, but not church”

We all know people who have said this. And you know what? I am so sick of hearing it.

That statement makes literally no sense. That is like saying “Oh I love baseball, but I don’t like playing it, and I don’t like going to games.” Or “There is this girl I like, but I don’t want to spend any time with her family or friends, or even her really.”

If someone said those statements, you would think they obviously don’t like baseball or the girl, since they don’t want to invest any time with others who are also interested in baseball or the girl.

So why is it okay to say you love Jesus and his teachings, but you won’t step foot in a church? “Now you are the body of Christ, and each one of you is a part of it” 1 Corinthians 12:27.

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