Brandon Bachtel, Lead Pastor
As many may know, Kelley and I have completed four home remodeling ventures in our eleven years of marriage. We have ripped out floors, torn down walls, replaced cabinets, trim, applied paint, and learned many lessons of things to do, and not to do in future endeavors. Matter of fact, the process of remodeling never seemed to go nearly as fast as we hoped. Our last home was built in the 1950s and needless to say, it needed a lot of updating. I remember at each turn, our project budget kept expanding and our cashflow kept depleting. Regardless of the project, it seemed that it always worked this way! Because of this fact, we realized that we could never renovate an entire house the way we would have liked. There were always some things that we couldn’t change, regardless of how much we wanted too. As much as we wanted to make everything new, we just couldn’t!
I recently read Ezekiel 36:26, “I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you.” Praise God, that when He begins to renovate the hearts of His people, He doesn’t do patch work, but He starts fresh and makes all things new! Since beginning Stonepoint Church, we have seen over 60 lives changed for the cause of Christ. We have many more who are interested in following Christ with their lives and all of this reminds me how Christ makes all things new! In 2 Corinthians 5:17 Paul writes, “Therefore, If anyone is in Christ he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!” I am so thankful that Christ doesn’t do things like my past remodeling projects. When He regenerates the live of one of His followers, He makes all things brand new!