Upper Seneca Baptist Church
Thursday, September 24, 2020
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A new Normal
By Pastor Dennis Felder

There is a phrase that has permeated our society during this pandemic – “a new normal”.
 
Yes, life has certainty changed as each one of us has had to adjust to a new lifestyle to combat the ills of the virus.
 
We are very conscious about handwashing, wearing masks, and social distancing. Such activities are now the norm.
These new physical practices have certainly caused us to change in how we live out our life.
However, is this true when it comes to living out our spiritual lives?
Has this pandemic changed us in how we practice our faith?
Yes, we now do church differently because of the added protections to keep everyone safe.
But have we created “a new normal” when it comes to living out our faith?
The Bible shares with us in 2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
 
So, I want this verse to challenge us as we examine our Christian walk.
God has radically transformed us from our depraved condition into a life that has a new shine.
He has taken our darkness and turned it into light.
He has taken the stain of sin and has washed it white as snow.
He has taken our dirty, worn out spiritual garments and has clothed us with a brand-new set of clothes that is tailored with love.
 
Now, we can walk around knowing that there’s hope for a better day because Jesus has created us anew.
So, let us celebrate because
our Lord and Savior has created “a new normal” in us.