A New Beginning

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Devotional:
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"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!" ~ 2 Corinthians 5:17
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Commentary:
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When we accept Christ, He makes us a new creation.   Everything about us becomes new.  Our spirit is refreshed, He gives us a brand new walk with Him, and we are free to begin our life anew.   The same is true of the new year.  As we approach 2011, we have a brand new opportunity to make things right in our lives... not only with God, but with the people around us, and our day to day situations.   If you have old addictions or problems that are weighing you down, give them to God and start the new year free from all the worries and stress those things cause.   Move forward with God and let Him lead you into a year of good things and victory over everything that has kept you from being the person He wants you to be.  Lean on Him, trust in Him, read His Word daily, and let His presence surround you.  He will give you peace in all things, and no matter what situations you face, He will be there in the midst of them.  
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God bless each and every one of you, and may you have a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. 
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Meditation:
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Father, thank you for your presence in our lives.  Go with us Lord as we enter this new year.  Refresh our spirits Lord, give us a new awareness of You, and teach us to trust in You for all things, knowing that You are in control and that we are safe in the palm of Your hand.  In Thy precious, most Holy name.  Amen.
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Stories to Touch The Heart and Warm the Soul:
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Fifth Grade Assignment
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A Fifth Grade Teacher in a Christian School asked her class to look at TV Commercials and see if they could use them to communicate ideas about God.
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~ GOD is like "Bayer Aspirin" - HE works miracles.
~ GOD is like a "Ford" - HE's got a better idea.
~ GOD is like "Coke" - HE's the real thing.
~ GOD is like "Hallmark Cards" - HE cares enough to send HIS very best.
~ GOD is like "Tide" - HE gets the stains out that others leave behind.
~ GOD is like "G.E." - HE brings good things to life.
~ GOD is like "Sears" - HE has everything.
~ GOD is like "Alka Seltzer" - Try HIM - You'll like HIM.
~ GOD is like "Scotch Tape" - You can't see HIM, but you know He's there.
~ GOD is like "Delta" - HE is ready when you are.
~ GOD is like "Allstate" - You're in good hands with HIM.
~ GOD is like "VO-5 Hairspray" - HE hold through all kinds of weather.
~ GOD is like "Dial Soap" - Aren't you glad you have HIM?  Don't you wish everybody did?
~ GOD is like the "U.S. Postal Service" - Neither rain nor snow, nor dark of night will keep HIM from HIS appointed rounds.
~ GOD is like "Chevrolet" - The heartbeat of America.
~ GOD is like "Maxwell House" - Good to the last drop.
~ GOD is like "Bounty" - HE is the quicker picker upper - can handle the tough jobs... and HE won't fall apart on you.
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As seen in an email that was forwarded to me.
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Let God work HIS miracle in your life as the New Year begins.   Let HIM walk with you each and every day and even though you may not be able to see HIM, but you will know HE is there.   Smile 
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Many blessings from my heart to yours !!!
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"Years end is neither an end nor a beginning but a going on, with all the wisdom that experience can instill in us". ~ Hal Borland

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HAPPY NEW YEAR !!!!