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My Two Cents

by Rev Chuck Behrens


August, 2015

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OK. . .I admit it. . .one of the very many mistakes in my life. Are you ready? Here it is, True Confessions: I ONCE OWNED A CHEVY VEGA I noticed what no one ever wants to notice coming from their exhaust pipe. It was a gigantic Black funnel cloud that would have scared most massive Tornados. One mechanic told me, "I wouldn't leave town with that car if I were you." And he was right. Guess what? The smoke wasn't the problem. The problem was the engine, and it didn't need to be fixed. It was too far gone for that. It had to be replaced!

The Vega I drove away from that gar-age looked like the same car I drove into that garage. But that was not true! It was new on the inside, and as a result it was no longer leaving an ugly trail. Actually, a lot of us have some emissions coming out of our lives that aren't too pleasant either. Maybe you know some of those feelings, and too often there's anger spewing out. There's self-pity because you feel like a victim, or just critical attitudes, negative attitudes. You later regret what you said. You do something that you regret later. Maybe you're hooked on what you wish you could stop and wish you'd never started. We leave a trail behind us of people who have choked on the smoke and the pollution we put out.

And it's not that we haven't tried to fix it; New Year’s resolutions, religion, self-improvement. We've tried to stop polluting our own lives and the lives of those around us, but there's a problem inside. And God diagno-ses that problem in His Book in Jeremiah 17:9, "The heart is deceitful above all things and beyond cure. Who can understand it?" The engine is shot and it can't be fixed. It has to be replaced.

This leads us to God’s tremendous offer from Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new Spirit in you. I will re-move from you a heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. I will put my Spirit in you." God says our heart is too darkened and hard-ened by sin to ever quit putting out pollution.

We can certainly never get into His to-tally unpolluted heaven with this polluted heart. We all have it. Our only hope for this life and for eternal life is a new heart. And we can't perform heart surgery on ourselves. On-ly the Divine Surgeon can do that, and He stands ready to take that heart of yours that's been hardened by all the hurt, the anger, the sin, and He will replace it with a heart that is clean, and sensitive and new. He'll put His Holy Spirit in you to make you the person you've wanted to be but never could be.

But the operation had to be paid for; just as the engine replacement on my Vega had to be paid for. And, you know, I didn't have the money to pay. But to my amaze-ment, some of God's people quietly got to-gether from my little student church and ac-tually paid that bill. That's what Jesus was doing for you when He was agonizing on the cross. He was paying the bill for your sins that you could never pay so you could be for-given.

You ready for a new heart? All of our lives we try to stop the ugly stuff that comes out of us, but it just doesn't come until we get a new engine--a new Heart. . .The WAIT HAS BEEN OVER FOR SOME 2000 years. . .unless you want to prolong it?

See you in Church,

Rev. Chuck