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Here is a sermon from my series on Deuteronomy.

The family and I are heading out for a vacation this week. We’re planning on going to Cherokee, NC, then to a national forest for hiking. We have a few more stops planned. I’m not taking a computer. I’ll post again next week.

I’ve started reading Alan Alda’s Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself. Alda relates a story in which he almost died. He was in a small town in Chile when he needed emergency surgery. He had an intestinal obstruction. He went to an emergency room where the doctor there just happened to be an expert in this area. Surgery was performed. His life was saved. Alda was euphoric. He celebrated that his life was spared. He was grateful. He experienced new life.

Alda writes, “But as time passed, a persistent thought kept piercing my euphoria: What should this new life be like? This was time I was getting for free, and it seemed to call for freshness.”

Alda attempts to answer this question for himself and I’ve not read far enough to tell you what he concludes. However, I was thinking of this question in terms of our Christian life. What should this new life be like?¬†Each of us who is a Christian has died to self and been raised to new life. How do we then live this new life?

Too often, I’m afraid that we don’t experience that death. Consequently we don’t experience that new life. Christ offers us new life; abundant life. But in order to experience this abundant life we must give up our mediocre existence. But our mediocre existence is all we know and so we’re hesitant even resistant to giving it up. This call for faith in Christ. We must believe that what he offers really is better.

Here is a thought provoking video from Rick Atchley. On a side note, I’ve been trying to post for over a week, but experiencing technical difficulties. I’m not sure what the problem is. WordPress has not been allowing me to do a new post with Safari. Anyone else having similar problems?