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All Things New and Old

We all like new things, be it a car, a house, clothes, etc. In with the new, out with the old is a common refrain. I first stepped through the doors of OCM as a young child in 1971. I

return 52 years later as an old child. Hopefully, I have not only grown chronologically but

mentally, and most importantly spiritually.

Renovation has made this old building new and it’s certainly needed and appreciated. We are enjoying the beauty of the new. Those of us who cook are familiar with a cast iron pan. I would like to think that I am like a cast iron pan. With age, use, seasoning, and not much washing, a cast iron pan absorbs the flavors of the food it cooks. The more it is used, the better it becomes, and the better the food taste. I understand there are some restaurants in Hong Kong that have not washed it caldrons for decades and the flavor of the beef has accumulated over that time, making the food it cooks taste all the better. A Young Saul became a seasoned Paul, and that is what I hope to bring to the ministry here at OCM.

One of the first verses I memorized was 1 Timothy 4:12, “Don’t let anyone look down on

you because you are young, but set an example in speech, in life, in love, in faith, and in

purity.” Allow me to make a slight change the first part to “Don’t let anyone look down on

you because you are old…” My encouragement to all of us at OCM is that no matter the

age, we fulfill our calling to be witnesses of God’s love.

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