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Made New

Paul Schneidmill

During the week before the 1992 Super Bowl, I watched a television news sports segment that concentrated on the spiritual side of the Washington Redskins. (Wait! Don't leave! They went to the Super Bowl that year and won!)

It was reported that over half the team (about 25 players), professed Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior. Running Back Earnest Byner, who'd just been converted during that season, explained how he had been led to Christ. His Christian team mates had been ministering and witnessing to him during the season and during one of the games, after a disappointing offensive play, team mate Tim Johnson walked by him quoting 2 Corinthians 5:17 (Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new). Byner said that God's Word was speaking directly to him right then and he made his decision to follow Christ.

Reporter Frank Hertzog commented that Byner, who used to fumble often, hadn't fumbled in a long time. That was the old Byner. The old had become new.

When I accepted Jesus Christ as my Savior and Lord, He took away my old "fumbling" ways and made me a new and improved creature. I'm not mistake free, but I have been made new. He renewed me from a sinful human nature to His sinless Christ-like nature.

He can do that for anyone who really wants the best life change available. A change that will undeniably improve a whole game plan.

Hey, any Redskins reading this? You guys could benefit from a "made new" game plan. I mean, since 1992 ...

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