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Some Things DO Stay the Same!

7 Aug

Lite-Brite pegsThe other day, I (Dawn) dropped my earring back on the bedroom floor. Down on my hands and knees, I raked the carpet with my fingers, looking for the tiny piece.

It reminded me of when children used to lose those little Lite-Brite pegs in shag carpet. Remember?

By the way, remember when “shag” was both a carpet and a haircut?

There are other things I remember from days back when… or actually, days that span four decades!

Do you remember these?

  • Blue-frosted eye shadow
  • “Where’s the Beef?”
  • Princess Phones
  • Macrame’ plant hangers
  • The smell of mimeograph paper
  • Gunne Sax dresses
  • Green stamps
  • Super Elastic Bubble Plastic
  • Fluffernutters
  • “Rubber Duckie, you’re the one…”
  • Nehru jackets
  • Auto Bingo – “Are we there yet?”
  • “It’s Shake ‘N Bake and I helped.”
  • The Brady Bunch
  • Cooties
  • Twoallbeefpattiesspecialsaucelettucecheesepicklesonionsonasesameseedbun.
  • “Beam me up, Scotty.”
  • 8-track Tapes
  • The Fonz

I could go on and on down memory lane. So much fun.

My point is, many things change in our culture. I don’t know when you or your loved ones grew up, but no doubt everyone has some memories that link to a particular decade.

Life philosophies change in the culture, too. Think about secularism, existentialism, paganism, relativism, and other “isms” that fly in the face of biblical Christianity.

I find comfort in the fact that, though everything changes around us, Jesus is the same yesterday, God's Word Stands Forevertoday, and forever” (Hebrews 13:8). And I’m glad that God’s Word is timeless. Though the grass withers and the flowers face, the scriptures are alive and vital forever (Isaiah 40:8).  God’s Word is firm and established, a reliable authority for us and our children (1 Peter 1:23-25; Psalm 119:89, 160).

God’s Word is also timely ~ as relevant to me as to Moses, Joseph, Esther, and Paul. Though it doesn’t address nuclear war, electronic media, cloning, and other cultural issues, the Word of God does provide principles to teach and encourage us (Romans 15:4). And further, the scriptures promise God’s guidance when we turn to Him (Proverbs 3:5-6). He wants us to walk in light, not darkness (John 8:12; 17:14-17).

The Bible does not depend on time, nor is it altered by time.  God’s Word is “settled” (firmly fixed) in heaven (Psalm 119:89). It is truth we can rely on, because it is God’s voice to us (1 Thessalonians 2:13). His promises are true.

And we don’t have to worry about God’s Word passing out of existence or becoming irrelevant in the days to come, no matter the changes in our increasingly vulgar culture.  God’s Word will endure forever (1 Peter 1:25) and accomplish His purposes (Isaiah 55:10-11). It is inspired by God and sufficient to teach, reprove, correct, and train us (2 Peter 1:21; 2 Timothy 3:16-17).

You can have confidence that no matter what is ahead ~ no matter what you may face ~ you can count on God’s Word to counsel, guide, and strengthen you!

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Are You Covered?

30 Jul

Regarding Insurance Protection:

  • Did you hear about the woman who bought a group insurance plan? She thought everything was fine until she discovered she couldn’t collect until the whole group was sick.
  • Needing insurance is like needing a parachute. If it isn’t there the first time, chances are you won’t be needing it again.
  • Life insurance agent to a would-be client: “Don’t let me frighten you into a hasty decision. Sleep on it tonight. If you wake in the morning, give me a call then and let me know.” (1)
  • You know it’s going to be a bad cay when you wake up in a hospital all trussed up, and your insurance agent tells you that your accident policy covers falling off the roof … but not hitting the ground. (2)

InsuranceCoverageCar insurance … home insurance … fire insurance … medical insurance. Many of us are “insurance poor,” with much of our paycheck going out to “insure” our health and well-being.

We are advised to take out sufficient coverage, because we never know when circumstances will change, or when we might need it to face a tragedy. Some years ago, a firestorm broke out in our county, and many homes burned to the ground or were severely damaged. Those with fire insurance rebuilt their homes relatively quickly; those without it are, in many cases, still struggling ~ some living in small trailers.

None of us like to pay insurance premiums, but what we’re buying ~ the potential benefits ~ are peace of mind and the ability to restore most, if not all, of the earthly goods we’ve lost, or the ability to obtain services to possibly restore our health. We’re buying a measure of  “protection” for the misfortunes of life. The benefits of our insurance “coverage” are worth the cost.

But when is the last time you thought about SPIRITUAL insurance? I’m not talking about spiritual assurance here (knowing that we are Christ-followers, based on the Word of God), but rather, the promises of protection and provision in our times of need.  It’s God saying, “I’ve got you covered.”

We see this concept in Psalm 91:3-4. God “covers” us like a bird covers her babies under her feathers ~ MamaHenWithTwoChicksprotecting us. And also, in Deuteronomy 33:12, Moses said of Benjamin (representative of his tribe), “The Lord shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.”

No matter what comes our way, God has the exact “coverage” we need. Spiritual insurance is a word from scripture that we know we can claim when troubles come. We know that God will give us encouragement, help, support, etc., to deal with our struggles and, if necessary, rebuild our lives. We don’t have to live in defeat.

We can’t avoid suffering and troublesome circumstances, but we can know that God will be with us, and out of His presence and promises come everything we need.

Mama Bird Covers with her WingsJust as many people failed to buy fire insurance (or couldn’t afford it) and they now struggle after the firestorm, many put off getting into the Word of God and discovering His plan for “coverage.” It’s far better to store up promises God has for us in the Word before we need them, so they are ready for us in times of trial. The only cost to us is to believe and receive the Word of the Lord. We can live this adventure of life with peace of mind and heart.

How’s your spiritual insurance policy, Friend? Can you quote at least three promises from the scriptures that relate to the protection, provision, and peace of God?

(1) http://www.barricksinsurance.com/insurance_jokes.html

(2) Michael Hodgin, 1001 Humorous Illustrations for Public Speaking, #496, p. 194

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