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By Executive Presbyter/Region 2, Jim Pollard | July 01, 2020

 New Normal

 In recent months our Nation and the World moved into what some have referred to as the “New Normal.” Business, work, recreation and personal lives were altered, some to the point of not being able to return to business as usual. A new normal encourages one to deal with current situations rather than lamenting what could have been. The term is used in a variety of other contexts to imply that something which was previously abnormal has become commonplace.

Luke 24:49 records the words of Jesus, He reveals what will be the New Normal, what will be commonplace for the Church. “And, behold, I send the promise of my Father upon you; but tarry ye in the city of Jerusalem, until ye be endued with power from on high”

The book of Acts records the words of Jesus again: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you; and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”  Acts 2:1-4 describes the outpouring of the Spirit into the lives of these believers that Jesus was speaking to that will change the usual into a New Normal that will be commonplace. 

The Church moved into a New Normal, this occurrence is often referred to as the birth of the Church as we know it today. The questions can be raised.  Are we involved in this New Normal? Are we being a witness? Are we taking advantage of this power that comes with the infilling of the Spirit?

There is before us a great opportunity, an opportunity for the Church to be a witness and for us as individuals to be involved.  During these days of uncertainty and insecurity, we can be the voice of encouragement, we can be a person of compassion.

As leaders we must blaze the trail in this New Normal, we’ve received our directive, we’ve been given the ability, there is great potential in proclaiming the Good News.  Let us seize this opportunity. There's no doubt that Satan, the evil one, is strong and fierce, but God is much more powerful. Through Jesus Christ, the Lord's mighty strength dwells in us and equips us to overcome the enemy. 1 John 4:4 “…greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.”

We announce hope, with clarity we proclaim that God is in control, He was not nor will He ever be taken by surprise. The writer of the hymn said: “My hope is built on nothing less. Than Jesus Christ, my righteousness; I dare not trust the sweetest frame, But wholly lean on Jesus’ name. On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand; all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.”