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Life Keeps Changing – But God is Consistent

Hebrews 13:8

Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.

112015 Ray McDonaldLife keeps changing!  Our current sermon series is Discerning God’s Will in an Ever-Changing World.  A number of things in my own life have changed.  I’ve been married longer than I wasn’t married (36 years this summer verses 25 years not married).  I will celebrate 43 years this spring of my High School graduation.  I saw a picture of me in High School the other day and I do not look the same today.  My children – my babies – are grown.  Two have children (my four granddaughters).  My wife and daughters are such a blessing to me along with the granddaughters.  I’ve been in ministry for 40 years this coming fall.  I’ve begun to think about retirement (although I hope to have a few more years left).

Life keeps changing!  This past summer the Nationals and the Orioles both played some good ball. The Redskins – Wizards – and Capitals recently won on the same day in many years.  The Ravens had a rare bad season and the Redskins had a rare (I hope they become common) good season with a playoff game at home.

Life keeps changing!  Our denomination has seen some changes over the years.  I remember when United Methodists were known as Bible Thumpers and had Camp Meetings.  I remember when it was rare to find a Methodist Church that didn’t have a Sunday night service and a Wednesday night prayer meeting (now it is very rare to find them at all).  I remember when Methodists were known as the Singing Methodists because of our love for songs of praise and worship yet today most UM Churches have 2 or 3 songs in worship and some complain about that many.  This spring – in May – the UMC General Conference will meet and many want change to our Book of Discipline.

Life keeps changing!  The cost of a basic new car today is around $25,000 while just a few decades ago that would have bought many homes where we lived as children.  A very good quarterback for my favorite team signed a 6 year deal worth over 120 million dollars – and will probably be signed again to a long term deal this winter – the times – they are a changing!

Life keeps changing – but Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Jesus remains the same – He remains constant – He is our rock – our foundation.  Ever since I accepted His Lordship in my life – some 49 years ago – Jesus has remained constant.  While EVERYTHING around me has changed – Jesus remains constant.  Jesus’ own brother saw this truth when he wrote in James 1:17 – Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.  The beloved disciple saw this truth as well as he recorded Jesus’ words in Revelation 1:17-18 – 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and behold I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.

Life keeps changing but we can count on this truth – Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.  Count on it!  Take it to the bank!  Trust in Him today!  Life keeps changing but God is consistent.

Just something to think about today as you go on your way.

January 12, 2016 - Posted by | Build, Church, Community, Daily Devotion, Denomination, Discipleship, Encouragement, Evangelism, Faith Journey, Family, From the Pastor, Leadership, Outreach, Personal, Sermons, Theology | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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