Central Baptist Church of Westerly
16 Elm Street, Westerly, RI   02891
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Claimed Off the Scrap Heap  
                                                                              April 11, 2018

Dear Friends,

Have you ever had one of those memories that came out of nowhere? It's
like a flashback to some time deep in your past. I did last week and I'm not
sure what brought it up. It had to do with Easter and the town dump.

Call me a garbage picker! I remember going to the landfill with my dad.
We'd go every Saturday morning to drop off a load of stuff. As an eight
year old boy, I was always fascinated because you'd find neat things there

There were old bikes, broken toys and an assortment of discarded household
items among the garbage. Every once in a while we'd pick something up that
my dad or I could recycle and give new life too.

It was always an adventure for me. Of course, that all changed when we
noticed a new sign that forbid scavenging. I asked my dad what that meant.
He said that we weren't allowed to take anything home anymore.

Today, recycling things has become fashionable again. It is considered
ecologically responsible. It's what we do to create a better world. People
regularly take something old, remake it and give it a new purpose.

That's where the connection to Easter comes. It struck me that this idea
about recycling is essentially at the heart of it's message. God, in Christ,
was reaching out, turning us around and making us into a new creation.

As the Apostle Paul says, we were among the walking dead. We were dead
in our sins. We were on the verge of being left behind on the scrap heap of
life. God, in his great love, knew what we could become.

He picked us up, redeemed us and gave us a new purpose. Today we live
to give glory to God and hope to a world in need. So live boldly. Let the
world see what God can do to a heart that's been transformed by his love.

God Bless! See you in church.
Cal
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