Thursday, March 20, 2014

Thoughts About Spring #2

Today at 12:57 pm, we celebrate the official start of Spring. Ah, spring! This season brings increasing daylight, warming temperatures, and the rebirth of flora and fauna. It is officially designated as the Vernal Equinox.

The word equinox is derived from the Latin words meaning “equal night.” Days and nights are approximately equal everywhere and the Sun rises and sets due east and west. At the equinoxes, the tilt of Earth relative to the Sun is zero, which means that Earth’s axis neither points toward nor away from the Sun. (However, the tilt of Earth relative to its plane of orbit, called the ecliptic plane, is always about 23.5 degrees.)

Spring is also the time when worms begin to emerge from the earth, ladybugs land on screen doors, green buds appear, birds chirp, and flowers begin to bloom. The vernal, or spring, equinox signals the beginning of nature’s renewal in the Northern Hemisphere.

Yesterday, I spoke about rain. Today, I want to talk about rebirth. As we watch the trees, grass, and flowers come back to life, it looks like they are reborn into this world. The Bible speaks about man needing a rebirth - or the need to be born again. Consider as a person accepts Jesus Christ as their personal Savior, what takes place. To understand the truth of this matter, we must understand that "It's in the Bible!"

  1. The entrance requirement for God's kingdom is a new birth. It's in the Bible, John 3:3-8.
  2. Eternal life begins at the moment of spiritual rebirth. It's in the Bible, John 3:36.
  3. When we receive Christ, we are reborn. It's in the Bible, John 1:12-13.
  4. Spiritual rebirth brings changes in our lives and goals. It's in the Bible, I John 3:9.
  5. In Christ, we are newly created. It's in the Bible, 2 Corinthians 5:17.
  6. By the Holy Spirit we are reborn and adopted by God. It's in the Bible, Romans 8:15-17.
  7. With God as our Father, by faith we can overcome the world. It's in the Bible, 1 John 5:4.
So, if the facts are in the Bible, and we see these 8 great facts about the new birth, I must ask you today - do you know for certain that you have the New Birth? Have you moved into the springtime of life - a rebirth that will give you eternal life and a hope and a future with God? You can. What's stopping you?

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