Your pastor and I will be preaching Sunday. And even though we will aim for freshness in our perspective and approach, don't expect anything you haven't heard before unless you are new in the family. We'll be opening the old Book, reading a familiar text, and leading you down a familiar path. We will then ask you to do the same old thing we've been calling for through the years: commit your ways to Jesus Christ and follow Him.

If you come and participate, if you hear the Lord speaking within your heart and get up and give your life to Him, what happens next will be the newest thing on the planet.

You will become a new person and God will do a new original thing in your life, something like what He has done in millions of others but something completely unique to you.

I don't know what that is. It's new. It's up to Him. It will conform to the plans He has had for you from the beginning.

Oh, don't miss this. And don't let the enemy dull your mind and pull you onto a side road with his enticements of fads and foolishness.

God has big plans for you. He will do something in you and through you unlike what He has done in anyone else since the world began.

You are a new creation. Something new under the sun.

That is why we keep preaching the old message. It gives hope for a new mankind.

"Tell me the story of Jesus,
Write on my heart every word;
Tell me the story most precious,
Sweetest that ever was heard.
Love in that story so tender
Clearer than ever I see.
Stay, let me weep while you whisper
Love paid the ransom for me."

Thank you, Fannie Crosby. You wrote that in 1880. Good job.

Dr. Joe McKeever is a Preacher, Cartoonist, and the Director of Missions for the Baptist Association of Greater New Orleans. Visit him at joemckeever.com/mt.

Original publication date: February 8, 2010