New Life – Available to You

A visit this morning to an amazing place inspires today’s word-of-the-week…


We’re headed to the Teen Challenge Ranch in Phoenix this morning. If you want to see a real, tangible, living-breathing-right-in-front-of-you example of the “new life” described in scripture, this is a great place to go.

At the Ranch you meet men who’ve come from the toughest backgrounds imaginable. Homelessness, incarceration, violence, addiction, anger, hopelessness—these guys arrive from places and experiences most of us, by God’s grace, haven’t encountered.

And at the Ranch you’d really have little clue of the circumstances that hammered these men to the point of surrender. You’d notice tattoos and a few weathered faces, but mostly you’d meet men who’ve found a new life. You’d wonder how these individuals could have been in those places because, well, they’re not the same people any longer.

These guys got a two-for-one. Jesus came so we all could be re-born spiritually.  But because of the work of His followers, these men got a brand-new life in this world as well.

Same thing’s available to each of us, no matter where we’ve been.

Pretty cool.

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