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Volume No. 2011 Issue No. 23 Date: June 26, 2011

Publication of the BIBLE BAPTIST MINISTRY, 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706

Phone: 570.829.5216 pdmikBBM@aol.com pastormiklas@aol.com

 
The author of the well-known hymn, "Abide With Me" sounds like a contemporary poet although he lived more than a century ago. Here are his words from the second stanza, "Swift to its close ebbs out life's little day; earth's joys grow dim, its glories pass away; change and decay in all around I see, O Thou who changest not, abide with me!"

By now you should recognize we live in an atmosphere of change. Today, more than ever before, it appears almost everything is in a state of flux. Very little seems to endure. Many well-established foundations are being shaken, religiously, socially, politically and economically. The world, you might say, is "on the move." As a result, this generation is restless, insecure, and uncertain of where they have come from, who they are, why they are here, and where they are going. In such a day we should be thankful there are some things that abide.

First: We are fortunate to know a Person who never changes, One in whom we can place our trust and believe with all our hearts. We serve a God who is immutable, meaning He is unchangeable.

In Malachi 3:6 God said, "I am the Lord, I change not …"
In Hebrews 13:8 we read, "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and today, and forever."
In Psalm 102:24-27 we read, "I said, O my God, take me not away in the midst of my days: thy years are throughout all generations. (25) Of old hast thou laid the foundation of the earth: and the heavens are the work of thy hands. (26) They shall perish, but thou shalt endure: yea, all of them shall wax old like a garment; as a vesture shalt thou change them, and they shall be changed: (27) But thou ART THE SAME, and thy years shall have no end."
In James 1: 17 we read of God, "Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning."

Second: In the Word of God, there are the absolutes, principles, and abiding truths to guide and comfort us. Every believer can be completely assured that the Bible is the eternal, unchanging revelation from God.

Psalm 119:89 reads, "Forever, O LORD, thy word is settled in heaven."
 Isaiah 40:8 reads, "The grass withereth, the flower fadeth: but the word of our God shall stand for ever."
Matthew 24:35 Jesus said, "Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away."

Everything around us may change and decay, but the Word of God given to us by an immutable God will remain forever. Thank God for the Bible, His unchanging Word in a changing world. "Wonderful Words of Life" was written by Philip P. Bliss in 1874, for the first issue of a Sunday school paper, Words of Life. These words still speak of the importance of God's Word in our daily lives.

Sing them over again to me, wonderful words of life:
Let me more of their beauty see, wonderful words of life.
Words of life and beauty, teach me faith and duty:
Christ, the blessed one, gives to all wonderful words of life:
Sinner, list to the loving call, wonderful words of life. All so freely given, wooing us to heaven:
Sweetly echo the gospel call, wonderful words of life; Offer pardon and peace to all, wonderful words of life.
Jesus, only Savior, sanctify forever:
Beautiful words, wonderful words of life.
 

 
In His Amazing Grace,
Pastor David Miklas

PS: As we have repeatedly said, we will not charge for sending the Weekly SERMON. However there are expenses associated with doing what we do. If possible during 2011, would you please consider helping us in this faith ministry? Your donation will help us to continue to “stand in the gap” in “teaching others also.” After you have given your tithes to your church and taken care of your pastor, would you consider giving either a yearly gift, or a monthly offering? Remember, for the purposes of financial accountability, we have placed this ministry under the Green Street Baptist Chapel of Edwardsville, PA. Checks made out to Green Street Baptist Chapel, memo to the Bible Baptist ministry and mailed to Bible Baptist Ministry 48 Alexie Rd, Hanover Township, PA 18706 will be applied to this ministry. 

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