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June 2020

 

 

         Some Things Never Change
“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”
Hebrews 13:8

     March 22, 2020. Perhaps this will be a date to mark on our calendars and remember every year. Perhaps this will be a date we would like to forget. For it was on this date that we had our first online worship service during the COVID-19 pandemic. I don’t know about you, but my initial thoughts when we started doing online services was that this would be our practice for a couple weeks, maybe a month, and then we’d get back to normal.
     Well, we’re now two months gone and still searching for that “normal” to return. And, let’s face it, even now as we begin the process of reopening for in-person worship services, normal will still be a ways off.
     Yes, although at the beginning of this whole ordeal most everyone longingly anticipated a return to normalcy, what’s meeting us on the other side is what’s being dubbed the “new normal.” And that isn’t only in regard to church life, but life in general. Everything from summer vacation to frequenting the grocery store is filled with this unwelcomed guest of new normalcy.
     So, as we are enveloped by all these new things, I’d like to encourage you with some things that remain the same; that never change. Things found in Hebrews 12 and 13. There the writer of Hebrews says,
Let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe, for our God is a consuming fire. Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unawares. Remember those who are in prison, as though in prison with them, and those who are mistreated, since you also are in the body. Let marriage be held in honor among all, and let the marriage bed be undefiled, for God will judge the sexually immoral and adulterous. Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’ So we can confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not fear; what can man do to me?” Remember your leaders, those who spoke to you the word of God. Consider the outcome of their way of life, and imitate their faith. Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. Hebrews 12:28-13:8
In a world of new-normalcy, here are five things that stay the same:
1) The kingdom of God.

2) Our invitation and ability to worship God with reverence and awe.

3) God’s command and our opportunity to show extraordinary brotherly love.

4) Our call to obedience and trust in the Lord who will never forsake us.

5) Our Lord Jesus Christ and salvation in Him alone.
     In many ways, I would love for the world and our lives to get back to normal (not in every way, for I believe these are times for us to grow and re-evaluate priorities and practices). Yet, those days of normalcy will still likely be awhile in coming. So, in this time of new-normal and rapid change, remember what stays the same and rest in that reality.

 

Pastor Gideon

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