Published January 6, 2015

Paul's Epistle...
"Still The Same"

Well, here we are moving into another new year. What kind of year was 2014 for you? (Or would you rather not think about it?) What kind of year will 2015 be? Lord only knows. Literally.

And that's why we as Christians can and should be optimistic – always, but especially as we move into a new year. The Lord never changes; He is always in control. He knows what's best for you — and for the world at large. And He knows the end from the beginning (Isaiah 46:10).

As I was putting together this coming weekend's broadcast, I found a new Jim Brady song recorded by the Booth Brothers called "Still" — a song that shares an extremely appropriate reminder as we look ahead to the new year.

It opens with a verse about the fears and concerns so many people have about what they see going on in the world – and in our country – today. In fact, Jim told me, "As I've grown older, I've become more interested in the leadership and direction of our country. So lately, I've found myself being extremely concerned and, at times, anxious over the condition of this great land that I love.

"I'm sure there are others who are feeling the same way," Jim says. "So this song was written as a reminder for us all that the faithfulness of God hasn't changed, nor is He challenged by the condition of this world. It's comforting to know..."

Here's how Jim expressed that in his song...

     Awaken to a dawn of uncertainty
     Clouds of fear linger like the night
     A day that feels so cold and dark and desperate
     But I know where to find the Light
     I picked up the timeless; the Truth that will remain
     And read what will never change.1


That, of course, is the Bible – God's Holy Word. We know that "the word of our Lord endures forever" (Isaiah 40:8). And nothing could be more reassuring to the Christian. Here's how Jim's song says it:

     Still...
     God is on His Throne; the Bible is His Word
     The Gospel changes lives; And every prayer is heard
     His plans could never fail; Not even one detail
     His purpose will prevail.
     He was...He is...He will...Still!2

     Still He takes care of His children
     And He inhabits their praise
     Still He calls all men to trust Him
     And still He'll come again someday3


God never changes. Why is that significant to you?  Consider:

If that doesn't encourage you as we move into a new year, nothing will. The Lord is constantly aware of what you're going through, "from the beginning of the year to the very end of the year" (Deut. 11:12).

Put your life in the Lord's hands, and watch what He'll do for you — and through you — in 2015.

- Paul
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1. "Still," written by Jim Brady, Brady House Music BMI. 1st verse.
2. Ibid. Chorus.
3. Ibid. Bridge

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