Saturday, August 6, 2011


We live in a changing world. Over the past fifty some years we have gone back to the Dakotas many times to visit family. Not only did places look different, but our families kept changing - they were aging and there were fewer and fewer. Some died of old age, disease and some by accident.

Besides places and families changing, there are continuous clothes and hair style changes. Tattoos on women and body piercings on men are increasingly common. While these, for the most part, may be morally neutral, increasingly Christians are  involved in life style changes which clearly are not morally innocent.

Practices which fifty or sixty years ago, were unthinkable, are becoming more common. Divorce used to be rare among Christians, now the rate is about the same as with non Christians. Living together before marriage is becoming more prevalent. Gay couples are becoming more numerous and are demanding the rights of one man one woman marriage partners. Unimaginable not too long ago - some Christians are now saying: "Gay couples should be granted the same rights as traditional partners."

Add to all the above changes – changes in our national security due to terrorists’ threats – worldwide economies on the verge of failure – widespread political revolutions around the world – earthquakes – violent weather conditions, etc. etc.

With all these changes around us, it is truly assuring that that which counts the most is eternally secure! God’s Word does not change with the changing culture of this world, it is eternally changeless, as God Himself is changeless. In John 1 John speaking of Jesus says, “In the beginning the Word already existed. The Word was with God, and the Word was God. He existed in the beginning with God.” When Jesus became the incarnate Word He was the visible expression of the Word of God. In Luke 21 He said “Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away.” To this, Hebrews 18 adds, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.”


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Joel Belding said...

As always, it is a blessing to be reminded that the God we serve is one who cannot change and that He is here to give us His grace to help in times where we don't understand what is going on around us. Thanks for the encouragement!

Mark Bowman said...

Thanks Iver and Donna for your wonderful dedication to this ministry of sharing insights built on lives well lived for the Lord.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your encouraging words! We love your blog and learn something wonderful each time we read it.

Love & Blessings,
Diane & Joseph