A few weeks ago, I was meeting with one of the leaders of our church. I asked him a question that I’d been pondering for a while. “Are you okay with the reality that, in this life, you will never be finished?” I’d venture to say that most of us don’t like the idea of being unfinished.

How do you feel about unfinished business? I like to do projects around the house. I have years of remodeling experience after rehabbing a house in St. Louis and now making changes to my home in Wentzville. I have very little trouble starting a job. My struggle is finishing it. As I type this, a piece of baseboard is staring at me. I have an office in our recently “finished” basement. The room is 95 percent finished, but there are a few little jobs that still need to be done. (Seriously, I wish this baseboard would stop looking at me.)

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I often talk to people who say things like, “I don’t feel that I’m a very good Christian” or they lament not making enough progress in the process of sanctification. What is sanctification? I’ve been reading the book “Jesus + Nothing = Everything” by Tullian Tchividjian. He points out a common mistake that Christians make: “We tend to think of the gospel as God’s program to make bad people good, not dead people alive.”

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A few months ago, the staff and interns of New Creation were gathered for our monthly meeting. As a group of younger men, we often find ourselves veering off track, chasing rabbits or going off on tangents. We might have some attention deficit issues. ;)

We started talking about peanut allergies. We discussed how a parent can safely give a peanut to one child, but must protect another child from the threat the peanut poses. How can one little legume be a delight to one person and a danger to another? One of the guys said, “That would be a great sermon illustration.” I asked him to flesh out his thought. It was brilliant.

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A few months ago on Facebook, a friend posted a picture of a sign that simply read, "Begin again." Depending on your story and the filter you use to process information, this short phrase can be a blessing or a curse.

Interpreted as a harsh command, it can quickly take you back to childhood mistakes which were often followed by the criticism of an exasperated parent or teacher, saying something like, "No, no, no! You're not doing it right. You foolish child, do it again. Try to do a better job this time!" At one point or another, we've all been there. We try our best, but then fail. At these times the last thing we want is to be told to start over.

 

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