Enjoy Life, Enjoy God

Dale Patterson


February 3, 2011

"Renewal" is new life, another resolve, invigoration, the remembrance of a promise, and a re-commitment to give it another try.

Then all the people of Israel turned back to the Lord. So Samuel said to the whole house of Israel, "If you are returning to the Lord with all your hearts, then rid yourselves of the foreign gods and the Ashtoreths and commit yourselves to the Lord and serve him only..."
                                                  - 1 Samuel 7:2,3 TNIV

Then Good News--Bad News. Good news is that the people of God throughout the Old Testament go through many, many renewals when it dawns on them that they've worshipped and served other gods; they've forgotten their promise to follow God only. Bad News is that they are making the same mistake over and over again by chasing other loyalties and passions quite contrary to their prior promises.

Yet, renewal happens. Good news: renewal happens. Bad news: how many times does the cycle have to repeat itself before the people of God get it right? Remember, we are the people of God.


Dale Patterson