A Changing God?

As culture changes, we sometimes try to make God change
along with it. But the truth is:

“I am the LORD, and I do not change” (Malachi 3:6 NLT).

In fact, the apostle James reminds us that God is:

“without change or shadow” (James 1:17 LB)

So why do often try to make Him change along with our shifting

Possibly because WE feel less guilty about changing OUR morality
and standards if we can believe God has changed His.

But whenever our world adapts to new norms that go against His

Word, God calls us to go counter-culture.

Check this out:
“Keep your eyes straight ahead;
ignore all sideshow distractions.
Watch your step,
and the road will stretch out smooth before you.
Look neither right nor left;
leave evil in the dust”
(Proverbs 4:26-27 The Message)

God calls His followers to walk straight ahead—
and that often means walking in the opposite direction
of the world around us.

He will equip us—through His Holy Spirit within us—
to remain strong and resist melding into an evil culture.

Grab hold of this:

“ . . . mark out a straight, smooth path for your feet
so that those who follow you, though weak and lame,
will not fall and hurt themselves but become strong”
(Hebrews 12:13 LB).

I encourage you this week to thank God for being
unchanging. It’s comforting to know our Father
remains constant,
and holy.
THAT’S a God we can depend on!
When it seems everything around us is changing,
We have a God who remains consistent.

“Since we have a Kingdom nothing can destroy, let us please
God by serving him with thankful hearts and with holy fear and
awe.  29  For our God is a consuming fire” (Hebrews 12:28-29 LB).


I’m in Quito, Ecuador right now and God is truly blessing
this missions trip. It’s exciting to see Ecuadorians coming into
relationship with Him. Thank you for your prayers!

God’s Gift

I mentioned in an earlier blog that I had to say goodbye to my
little gray Schnauzer, Obie, on April 30 of this year. God definitely
helped Amos (my other Schnauzer) and I through the grieving

Aren’t you grateful that God cares deeply about every area in
our lives? When we hurt, He hurts with us.

He is so faithful!

Amos and I now have a new member of our family.
Meet Bentley Shellenberger.
He’s sweet,
and a bundle of softness!

We’re growing together through the newness of a puppy.
New commands for Bentley to learn.

New boundaries.
New sights and sounds and discoveries.
Oh, the joy of new life.
I can’t help but wonder how deeply God rejoices
when new life is found in Him!
Scripture tells us that all of heaven rejoices (see Luke 15:7).

Sure, a new puppy is exciting, and Bentley has definitely brought
newness to our home. But nothing can ever compare to the new life
we find in Christ when we submit to Him. Let us never take for
granted the new life we have in Jesus our LORD.