March   2019

Me, I’m probably just like you! I don’t take change all that well, and the older I get the less adaptable I become it seems. I pray that I will always be teachable, adaptable, willing to change and embrace change when God brings it into my life. But can I be honest? It doesn’t and won’t come easily. It seems that all around us things are changing… rapidly, sometimes radically. The world we live in has changed so much in the last 20 years, and so rapidly that it leaves my head spinning sometimes. I’m just old enough to remember my version of “the good old days,” and just young enough… I think… to appreciate a certain degree of progress and growth that come with change. But boy, seems like we are on a “tilt-a-whirl” of change and can’t get off. The fast advancements of technology and advances in computer sciences have perhaps contributed a great deal to the rapid change, but we’ve seen changes culturally and socially in our own country that are mind boggling… at least to me. Things unheard of a few years ago are now common place, paraded before our eyes, openly flaunted, even celebrated. It’s scary, shakey, unsettling! Things are changing all around us and all the time. It seems we too much let our security and stability get caught up in things not changing. Dangerous! You and I can’t do much about it, and we really don’t have much say about it in most cases. The winds of change are all about us, sometimes as a gentle breeze easing us into it, sometimes as gale force winds forcing us to embrace it, but the winds blow. I think wind can be a soothing, cooling thing. It can be refreshing, blowing away the heat and debris of our life and bringing a cooling touch. Not all change is bad. But those winds can also be violent at times, hurricane force, tornadic in nature, forcing change upon us. Unsettling and hard to endure! Can I just say it? We are going through some change right now, in our lives, in our culture, in our world… all around us. It can’t help but affect the church in some ways. Churches go through change. We’ve seen quite a few in the last several years. It isn’t always easy. It calls for adjustment, and the truth is, many are going to have a hard time with it, and it’s okay! God is in control, and here is the good news, as “changeable” as everything around us is, forcing us to bend and stretch and adapt and be pleasant about it… the good news is there are some things that NEVER CHANGE. There are some things that remain a constant… unchanging, and those are the things we should rest in and find our stability in. Let me just remind you of them during these times of change and encourage you to lean on these things, and trust these things, and rest in these things: (Look these up and read them) • God’s Word never changes (Isaiah 40:6-8, 1closeIsaiah 40:6-8 The Word of God Stands Forever A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:1 Comfort for God's People 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (ESV)
closeIsaiah 40:6-8closeIsaiah 40:6-8 The Word of God Stands Forever A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever. (ESV)
The Word of God Stands Forever A voice says, “Cry!”
And I said, “What shall I cry?”
All flesh is grass,
and all its beauty is like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower fades
when the breath of the Lord blows on it;
surely the people are grass.
The grass withers, the flower fades,
but the word of our God will stand forever.
Isaiah 40:1closeIsaiah 40:1 Comfort for God's People 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (ESV) Comfort for God's People 40:1 Comfort, comfort my people, says your God. (ESV)
Peter 24-25closeERROR: No results were found for your search.closeERROR: No results were found for your search.) • God’s promises never change (Hebrews 10:23closeHebrews 10:23 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (ESV) closeHebrews 10:23closeHebrews 10:23 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (ESV) 23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. (ESV) ) • God ‘s love for you never changes (Lamentations 3:22-23closeLamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (ESV)
closeLamentations 3:22-23closeLamentations 3:22-23 22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (ESV)
22 The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
his mercies never come to an end;
23 they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness. (ESV)
, Romans 8:35-39closeRomans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
closeRomans 8:35-39closeRomans 8:35-39 35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written, “For your sake we are being killed all the day long;
we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. (ESV)
) • God’s ways and purposes never change (Psalm 33:11closePsalm 33:11 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations. (ESV)
closePsalm 33:11closePsalm 33:11 11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations. (ESV)
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
the plans of his heart to all generations. (ESV)
, Psalm 89closePsalm 89 I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. 89:1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16 who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel. 19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah 38 But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah 46 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah 49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed. 52 Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen. (ESV)
closePsalm 89closePsalm 89 I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. 89:1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16 who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel. 19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah 38 But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah 46 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah 49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed. 52 Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen. (ESV)
I Will Sing of the Steadfast Love of the Lord A Maskil of Ethan the Ezrahite. 89:1 I will sing of the steadfast love of the Lord, forever;
with my mouth I will make known your faithfulness to all generations.
For I said, “Steadfast love will be built up forever;
in the heavens you will establish your faithfulness.”
You have said, “I have made a covenant with my chosen one;
I have sworn to David my servant:
‘I will establish your offspring forever,
and build your throne for all generations.’” Selah Let the heavens praise your wonders, O Lord,
your faithfulness in the assembly of the holy ones!
For who in the skies can be compared to the Lord?
Who among the heavenly beings is like the Lord,
a God greatly to be feared in the council of the holy ones,
and awesome above all who are around him?
O Lord God of hosts,
who is mighty as you are, O Lord,
with your faithfulness all around you?
You rule the raging of the sea;
when its waves rise, you still them.
10 You crushed Rahab like a carcass;
you scattered your enemies with your mighty arm.
11 The heavens are yours; the earth also is yours;
the world and all that is in it, you have founded them.
12 The north and the south, you have created them;
Tabor and Hermon joyously praise your name.
13 You have a mighty arm;
strong is your hand, high your right hand.
14 Righteousness and justice are the foundation of your throne;
steadfast love and faithfulness go before you.
15 Blessed are the people who know the festal shout,
who walk, O Lord, in the light of your face,
16 who exult in your name all the day
and in your righteousness are exalted.
17 For you are the glory of their strength;
by your favor our horn is exalted.
18 For our shield belongs to the Lord,
our king to the Holy One of Israel. 19 Of old you spoke in a vision to your godly one, and said:
“I have granted help to one who is mighty;
I have exalted one chosen from the people.
20 I have found David, my servant;
with my holy oil I have anointed him,
21 so that my hand shall be established with him;
my arm also shall strengthen him.
22 The enemy shall not outwit him;
the wicked shall not humble him.
23 I will crush his foes before him
and strike down those who hate him.
24 My faithfulness and my steadfast love shall be with him,
and in my name shall his horn be exalted.
25 I will set his hand on the sea
and his right hand on the rivers.
26 He shall cry to me, ‘You are my Father,
my God, and the Rock of my salvation.’
27 And I will make him the firstborn,
the highest of the kings of the earth.
28 My steadfast love I will keep for him forever,
and my covenant will stand firm for him.
29 I will establish his offspring forever
and his throne as the days of the heavens.
30 If his children forsake my law
and do not walk according to my rules,
31 if they violate my statutes
and do not keep my commandments,
32 then I will punish their transgression with the rod
and their iniquity with stripes,
33 but I will not remove from him my steadfast love
or be false to my faithfulness.
34 I will not violate my covenant
or alter the word that went forth from my lips.
35 Once for all I have sworn by my holiness;
I will not lie to David.
36 His offspring shall endure forever,
his throne as long as the sun before me.
37 Like the moon it shall be established forever,
a faithful witness in the skies.” Selah 38 But now you have cast off and rejected;
you are full of wrath against your anointed.
39 You have renounced the covenant with your servant;
you have defiled his crown in the dust.
40 You have breached all his walls;
you have laid his strongholds in ruins.
41 All who pass by plunder him;
he has become the scorn of his neighbors.
42 You have exalted the right hand of his foes;
you have made all his enemies rejoice.
43 You have also turned back the edge of his sword,
and you have not made him stand in battle.
44 You have made his splendor to cease
and cast his throne to the ground.
45 You have cut short the days of his youth;
you have covered him with shame. Selah 46 How long, O Lord? Will you hide yourself forever?
How long will your wrath burn like fire?
47 Remember how short my time is!
For what vanity you have created all the children of man!
48 What man can live and never see death?
Who can deliver his soul from the power of Sheol? Selah 49 Lord, where is your steadfast love of old,
which by your faithfulness you swore to David?
50 Remember, O Lord, how your servants are mocked,
and how I bear in my heart the insults of all the many nations,
51 with which your enemies mock, O Lord,
with which they mock the footsteps of your anointed. 52 Blessed be the Lord forever!
Amen and Amen. (ESV)
::34, Psalm 110:4closePsalm 110:4 The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.” (ESV)
closePsalm 110:4closePsalm 110:4 The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.” (ESV)
The Lord has sworn
and will not change his mind,
“You are a priest forever
after the order of Melchizedek.” (ESV)
, Hebrews 6:17-19closeHebrews 6:17-19 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (ESV) closeHebrews 6:17-19closeHebrews 6:17-19 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (ESV) 17 So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. 19 We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (ESV) ) • And here is the “biggie” GOD NEVER CHANGES (Numbers 23:19, 1closeNumbers 23:19 19 God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Numbers 23:1 Balaam's First Oracle 23:1 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” (ESV)
closeNumbers 23:19closeNumbers 23:19 19 God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it? (ESV)
19 God is not man, that he should lie,
or a son of man, that he should change his mind.
Has he said, and will he not do it?
Or has he spoken, and will he not fulfill it?
Numbers 23:1closeNumbers 23:1 Balaam's First Oracle 23:1 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” (ESV) Balaam's First Oracle 23:1 And Balaam said to Balak, “Build for me here seven altars, and prepare for me here seven bulls and seven rams.” (ESV)
Samuel 15:29close1 Samuel 15:29 29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” (ESV) close1 Samuel 15:29close1 Samuel 15:29 29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” (ESV) 29 And also the Glory of Israel will not lie or have regret, for he is not a man, that he should have regret.” (ESV) , Psalm 102:27closePsalm 102:27 27 but you are the same, and your years have no end. (ESV) closePsalm 102:27closePsalm 102:27 27 but you are the same, and your years have no end. (ESV) 27 but you are the same, and your years have no end. (ESV) , Malachi 3:6closeMalachi 3:6 Robbing God “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (ESV) closeMalachi 3:6closeMalachi 3:6 Robbing God “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (ESV) Robbing God “For I the Lord do not change; therefore you, O children of Jacob, are not consumed. (ESV) , Hebrews 13:8closeHebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (ESV) closeHebrews 13:8closeHebrews 13:8 Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (ESV) Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever. (ESV) ) God is good and can be trusted. He is in control and He never changes. When everything around us seems to be shifting and changing take heart in a God who is sure, and unchanging, and steadfast. In the midst of what is going on in our world and culture, in our own lives… even in the church… we need to keep our focus on Him, the One it’s all about to start with. Let the winds of changes come, be they gentle breeze or gale force torrents, we will trust and rest in our unchanging God. Don’t fear, but take heart and be excited about what our Unchangeable God is about to change in us for our good and His glory!  

Bro.  Buddy