Only New Will Do!

Create in me a pure heart, O God. Renew an unwavering spirit within me.” (Psalm 51:10 - EHV)

 Why did so many people who owned an iPhone 7 or 8 quickly run out and buy the new iPhone X when it came out? My guess is that many of them wanted the latest and greatest. They craved something new and better. We like new! I’m sure the iPhone X is better than the previous models, but is the upgrade worth the cost? Some of you are reading this on your new iPhone X. Was I worth it?

Whether you’re the proud owner of the newest iPhone X or are using an outdated iPhone 6SE like I am, people actually do need something new, and no it is not the newest iPhone. In a spiritual sense, we need a new and pure heart. We need a new and renewed spirit.

Why do we need a new heart and spirit? Where’s the evidence we need a new heart? We need a new, pure heart because we’re born with a spiritually dead heart. The evidence is in what our heart naturally produces. A list Jesus once put together describes what is in our hearts, “Out of the heart come evil thoughts, murder, sexual sins, thefts, false testimonies and blasphemies.” (Matthew 15:19). The list could be much longer, but you get the point, right?

In Psalm 51:10, King David was asking God for something new and it wasn’t the newest and latest technology gadget. After he was confronted about his sins by Nathan the prophet, he asked God for a new heart,“Create in me a pure heart, O God. Renew an unwavering spirit within me.” Did you notice that while we are the ones in need, God is the one who gives? God gave David a pure heart and he gives us a pure heart. God renews our spirit. God gives us what we need.

From this Psalm of David, we are reminded of what God’s grace is all about. Did you notice that what we get is the opposite of what we naturally deserve? Our hearts crank out all sorts of bad, evil stuff—all sorts of sin—because our hearts are by nature sinful and spiritually dead. Through Jesus, God forgives our sins and by the power of his Word he gives us pure hearts. God gives us hearts that are spiritually alive. God gives us what we need. Take some time to read all of Psalm 51 to see what sin and grace is all about.

God does not ask us to just try harder, or to be more sincere, or to be a bit more pious than other people. He demands a holy, pure, and new heart. God won’t accept anything less—only new will do. Thank God, through faith in the perfect death and resurrection of Jesus, a new heart is exactly what God has given us.

— Pastor Gartner

Church News

Summer Worship:

We are currently in our Summer Schedule: Sunday worship at 8:00am and 10:00am. Monday worship at 6:30pm. Sunday September 9th we will be going back to our regular worship schedule of 8:00am and 10:30am with Sunday School and Adult Bible Class between the two services.

 Pictorial Directory:

Thnaks for al lthose who had their picture taken last week. The final week for pictures will be, September 18-22. Weekday times are from 2:00-9:00 p.m. and Saturdays are from 10:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. The link to register and sign-up for a time is below. You will also be able to schedule a time before and after our worship services.

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NEW - We also need people to help check in the people as they come to get their pictures taken. If you can donate a few hours of your time to help in this area, please sign up on the sheet on the back counter.

Sunday School Teachers and Helpers:

There is currently a sign-up sheet in the narthex if you are interested in helping teach or be a helper with our Sunday School.

Apology:

Pastor Frey apoligizes to all of you for not sending out the Bytes of Bread last week. We pray that God continues to use these weekly email devotions to strengthen your faith. Thanks for taking the time to let God be a a part of your life each week. God's blessings to all of you as we walk together in God's grace. If you know anyone who woukld like to receive these devotions please have them call the Church Office to get on the list.