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                                                          February 6, 2019

Dear Friends,

I hope all the mechanics and classic car enthusiasts will forgive
me. I'm wading in over my head with the topic this week. That's
because I had a flashback to my younger days when I saw the
article in this month's Mustang Monthly magazine. The feature
was all about switching out a six cylinder engine with a heavier
eight cylinder version. It begged the question as to whether it
was worth it or not.

My dad was always working on our cars. When I was growing
up he built a pit in our garage so he could change the oil and
work on the vehicles from below. He had a massive tool chest
with just about every kind of wrench you could imagine. The
garage looked like professional service station complete with
hydraulic jacks and an air compressor. He even added a heater
for those long winter nights when he was caught up in some
project.

My first car was a 1965 Mustang with a 289 cubic inch engine
and a three speed manual transmission. It needed a little work
so I spent several nights with my dad as he got it ready for the
road. Dad really knew his cars. I didn't do much. I simply
watched the master work. He was good then but I really came to
appreciate just how good he was in the winter of 1980.

Disaster hit on Thanksgiving morning that year. A carburetor
leak in the engine of my AMC Gremlin led to a fire under the
hood. Thankfully, the fire department got there in time to save
the body of the car. The engine was ruined. I was devastated
until I heard my father say he could save the car. He told me
was going to replace the motor with one from the junk yard.

It's funny how you pay attention to something when you have a
vested interest in what's happening. My dad had switched out
car motors several times before but I never thought about what
he was doing. That changed as I watched him set up the block
and tackle and pull the ruined engine out of my car. He replaced
it with the new one. I will never forget how it roared to life when
he was done. He had given my burnt out car, a second chance.

As I thought back on this, I couldn't help but think of David's
words in Psalm 51. He calls on God to forgive him. He asks him
to wipe away his sin and to give him a second chance. David
says, "Create in me a clean heart, O God and renew a right
spirit within me..." What David wanted was a new heart that
could love God the way God is supposed to be loved. If he was a
car you might say he wanted to be restored to factory standards.

In John 3:3 Jesus tells Nicodemus that we must be "born again."
In other words, we are going to need new hearts if we want to
see God. The good news is that he is the great physician. He can
give us a new heart just like my dad gave my car a new engine.
So don't give up! Go ahead and rev your engines. With God at
your side, there will be a lot more road to travel.

God bless! See you in church.
Cal
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