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In his weekly editorial for the magazine, The Week, William Falk tells about a show on the Food Network called Restaurant Impossible. In each episode of the program, chef and restaurateur Robert Irvine accepts an invitation to revive a dying family restaurant somewhere in Smalltown, America. Irvine critiques the food and the business, and prods the reluctant proprietor into making dramatic changes in the kitchen and repairing his or her relationships with family and staff. At the same time, “Irvine’s designer and builder gut the restaurant and in 48 hours, transform a dingy, dated dive into a cool new hot spot. At the show’s end, the proprietor and the family gasp with astonished gratitude when they see their reborn restaurant, which fills with happy customers.”

Falk says that it is a corny formula, yet he finds it moving every time. “Resurrection, reconnection, a chance to undo your mistakes and start anew—these are longings embedded deep in the human psyche.”

It is also the story of the gospel. Jesus Christ took my life, basically a broken down, dated dive and remade it into something He could use in His Kingdom. Like the family restaurant, we become the new creation fit for the service of the gospel. -- Jim L. Wilson and Rodger Russell

The Week, January 17, 2014 p. 3

2 Corinthians 5:17 (HCSB) Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, ⌊he is⌋ a new creation; old things have passed away, and look, new things have come.

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