Fresh Star…t Spring is my favorite season of the year. While each season has its distinctive traits, Spring is my favorite because everything is coming back to life as the flowers and trees bloom and the grass turns green.  Psalm 19:1, “The heavens are telling of the glory of God; and their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.”  As a kid I loved to play baseball.  Spring was the season for baseball, and Opening Day of the Little League baseball season, was one of the best days of the year. The new life that Spring brings to the flowers and trees, coincides with the celebration of Easter and the new life that Jesus Christ provides to all who will trust Him as their Savior and Lord. Bottom line … Springtime is a wonderful time not only for newness in the blooms on the trees, but for newness in our lives.  I enjoy playing golf.  I am not very good, but I enjoy the game.  I believe in mulligan’s.  A mulligan is basically a do over.

If you hit a bad shot you can take a mulligan – a do over.  Have you ever wanted a do over in life?  In your relationships with your family or friends?  How about a do over in relationship with God? The message of Easter is that God provides us with the opportunity to start a new life.  One filled with hope, joy and peace between us and God, as well as between us and others. This new life is experienced through a personal relationship with God, through faith in Jesus Christ.  2 Corinthians 5:17, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” It has been said that a person can live four weeks without food, four days without water and four minutes without air. But a person cannot live one second without hope. The message of Easter is that Jesus Christ died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and He rose from the dead to secure the victory for our salvation.

This means that we have certain hope of being able to enjoy the new life that God provides through faith in Jesus.  We all have areas of life in which we would like a new start. This new start cannot be accomplished by trying harder to do better. After all, this is what we have already tried that has left us tired and longing for a new start. So, let’s try a radical new approach. The Bible teaches that this new life we so badly want and need, is available to us.  It is available to us by faith in Jesus Christ. This Sunday, April 20th is Easter. This season of the year is a time for new beginnings.  I want to encourage you to make plans now to be at church this Sunday for Easter worship and to respond in faith to God.  I would love for you and your family, to join me and my family at Centennial Baptist Church for Easter.  Centennial will have two worship services this Sunday (8:30a.m. and 10:30am).

There will be a free breakfast in between the worship services, at 9:30a.m. (RSVP with your # of guests to 706.557.2120). You can come for worship at 8:30a.m. and stay for breakfast before spending the day with your family. Or you can come for breakfast at 9:30a.m. and stay for worship, before spending the day with your family.  Whichever way you choose, just do not miss the opportunity for a fresh start! *Centennial Baptist Church is located at 5321 Brownwood Road, Rutledge.  For more information call 706-557-2120.  To listen to Podcasts online, go to www.centennialbaptist.org/podcast.

Dr. Michael Stovall’s messages is now online LIVE on Sunday mornings!  The following link lets you watch a live stream of the message portion of our Sunday services!  It will start at about 10:45-10:50a.m.  You will notice at the bottom right of the screen when we will be ON AIR. http://www.ustream.tv/channel/cbc-sunday-worship .  Also you can follow us on twitter @CBC_Ministry.  Have a blessed day!