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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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Dec. 15, 2010 - Never Ending

By William E. Richardson

Every year new cultural fads and new faces premiere while others fade from view. In 2010, after decades in the limelight, a TV talk show, a baseball manager, a daytime drama and an octogenarian comic strip all took their bows.

Larry King concluded 25 years of televised interviews on CNN’s Larry King Live. Chicago Cubs manager Lou Piniella left the ballpark after a 48-year career. The daytime drama (soap opera) As the World Turns wrapped up 54 years of broadcasts. After 86 years, the comic strip Little Orphan Annie ceased.

In our ever-changing culture, few things last for long. Some icons enjoy multigenerational longevity. Still, everything eventually exits to make room for the latest flavor of the month. As a Christian, I rejoice in the one presence that remains constant while others come and go: an unchanging God.

Belief in the God of the Bible may not always be popular, but God will never go out of style. He’ll never retire. He can’t be replaced. His true identity is not subject to social whim. While the world around me shifts and morphs, sometimes at a dizzying pace, everything about God refuses to budge. His unflinching, eternal aspects overwhelm me. I’ll name three.

• God’s love — Culture presents a fanciful, conditional love. God says, “I have loved you with an everlasting love” (Jeremiah 31:3, NKJV).

• God’s mercy — As long as we confess our sins in repentance, God will wipe them from His records and cleanse our hearts (1 John 1:9).

• God’s holiness — His moral standard doesn’t deviate. It refuses to confirm to our culture’s latest mutations. Those around God’s throne acknowledge Him as “Holy, holy, holy!” (Revelation 4:8).

Change in our culture is inevitable. New ideas wax and wane. Some personalities stay afloat awhile before sinking, but God remains eternally stable. That lets us awaken every morning to the assurance that His love, mercy and holiness will never change.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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