Is there anything more promising, more hopeful than the birth of a child? In the cradle, the world is alive with possibility.

The same God who birthed the world into existence, and all the promise that is held by creation, is still at work bringing new life through the Spirit.

Prepare yourself now for the possibility of your own renewed birth, for the assurance of something new.

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"Believe me that I am in the Father and the Father is in me; but if you do not, then believe me because of the works themselves.

"Very truly, I tell you, the one who believes in me will also do the works that I do and, in fact, will do greater works than these, because I am going to the Father. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If in my name you ask me for anything, I will do it."

John 14:11-14

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Jesus taught that becoming his disciple is like being “born again.” It means believing that Jesus is God, and it means starting over with the Spirit of God giving us a new perspective on life and new way of speaking and acting.

One of the ways that we know we have been “born” in the Spirit this way is that we will be different than we were. Our hair color won’t change and we won’t get any taller or shorter, but we will start to act like our new spiritual Parent — we will act like Jesus.

We have a chance to start fresh. Jesus wants his children to continue his work of love, justice, and healing in the world.

Rebecca Poe Hays

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Jesus, I believe that you are God and that you love me as your child. I want to look like you when I am talking to my parents and spending time with my friends. Help me to act like I have been born of your Spirit. Amen.

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The sun gives rise to the newness of every day.
The moon and stars provide just enough light
To remind us of tomorrow.

The Spirit of God is at work in every moment,
So walk in whatever light you have,
Giving birth to the promise of God in you.

Rebecca Poe Hays

Rebecca Poe Hays recently graduated from seminary and is currently working for Passport, Inc. while preparing to begin further studies in Old Testament. She studied English literature in college and loves seeing how Scripture uses narrative to teach important lessons in creative ways. Rebecca has served on a number of church staffs in both Tennessee and Alabama and has done editorial work for several years.


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