God’s Unchanging Word

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by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During junior high school, one of my home economics teachers told the class fashion trends recycle every twenty to thirty years.

To prove her point, Ms. Hazzard said due to a fabric shortage during World War II, the skirts she wore then were as short as the mini-skirts our class wore.

We young teens were skeptical.

As I’ve aged through the decades, I’d have to admit my teacher was correct.

Fashions do tend to recycle on a regular basis. All we need do is look at pictures of our self through the previous years or watch old movies and television shows to see proof.

Hair styles. Make-up. Skirt lengths. Cotton. Polyester. Loose. Tight.

One thing, thankfully, which never changes is God’s word. God’s word does not change, just as God does not change. What the Bible says today, is what it said twenty years ago, and what it will say twenty years from now if Christ doesn’t return before then.

God is immutable. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He won’t advocate short permed hair one year, and long straight hair the next.

He is dependable. His word is dependable. We can count on the fact God won’t say one thing one day, and something completely different tomorrow.

God does not lie nor does he contradict himself.

How unsettling would it be if we never knew how God expected his people to live?

We have enough change and chaos in our world that keeps us off-balance and upsets our equilibrium without throwing uncertainty about who God is into the mix, don’t you think?

Christ is the solid rock on which we stand. All other ground is sinking sand. The Bible reminds us to build our life on Jesus and the truth found in God’s word.

When we build our life on the unshakable truth of the Bible, we’ll never need to look back at old pictures of our spiritual life, see those regrettable years of permed hair and unwieldy shoulder pads, shake our heads, and wonder, What was I thinking?

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And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind! 1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God’s Word Does Not Change

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

During junior high school, one of my home economics teachers told the class fashion trends recycle every twenty to thirty years.

To prove her point, Ms. Hazzard said due to a fabric shortage during World War II, the skirts she wore then were as short as the mini-skirts our class wore.

We young teens were skeptical.

As I’ve aged through the decades, I’d have to admit my teacher was correct.

Fashions do tend to recycle on a regular basis. All we need do is look at pictures of our self through the previous years or watch old movies and television shows to see proof.

Hair styles. Make-up. Skirt lengths. Cotton. Polyester. Loose. Tight.

One thing, thankfully, which never changes is God’s word. God’s word does not change, just as God does not change. What the Bible says today, is what it said twenty years ago, and what it will say twenty years from now if Christ doesn’t return before then.

God is immutable. He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He won’t advocate short permed hair one year, and long straight hair the next.

He is dependable. His word is dependable. We can count on the fact God won’t say one thing one day, and something completely different tomorrow.

God does not lie nor does he contradict himself.

How unsettling would it be if we never knew how God expected his people to live?

We have enough change and chaos in our world that keeps us off-balance and upsets our equilibrium without throwing uncertainty about who God is into the mix, don’t you think?

Christ is the solid rock on which we stand. All other ground is sinking sand. The Bible reminds us to build our life on Jesus and the truth found in God’s word.

When we build our life on the unshakable truth of the Bible, we’ll never need to look back at old pictures of our spiritual life, see those regrettable years of permed hair and unwieldy shoulder pads, shake our heads, and wonder, What was I thinking?

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And he who is the Glory of Israel will not lie, nor will he change his mind, for he is not human that he should change his mind! 1 Samuel 15:29 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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Calm in the Storm

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

December 5th I had outpatient surgery to remove a cyst from my right hand. Although the hand surgery was expected, and one of the easiest surgeries I’ve undergone, no one expected the cyst to be infected. That led to a more involved recovery with greater limitations post-op for an extended period of time.

Two days after that surgery, I was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on my way to the emergency room for overnight observation for a possible heart attack, with stress test the next morning.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine on all fronts, but this was not the best way to enter the Christmas season.

Something I learned during these two events is when we plan on one thing and something else altogether different develops, it’s possible the most simple words to familiar songs or Bible verses we committed to memory can become difficult to recall.

During the very restless night I spent in the emergency room with telemetry monitor leads adhered to my body, and my recently operated on hand in an unwieldy huge nearly three foot tall foam box-thing, whenever the nurse came in every four hours to stick another needle into yet another uncooperative vein, he told me over and over, “You have GOT to calm down.”

Yeah. Easy for him to say.

Unfortunately, the stress of the surgery and hospital visit caused all my autoimmune diseases to go berserk and flare like mad.

Even so, shouldn’t I have been able to calm down? Wasn’t Jesus right there with me whether I remembered all the words to the songs I tried to sing, or the verses I tried to repeat?

Of course he was.

But for me, at that point in time, I was in a very real tug of war with fear, and fear was threatening to win.

When I realized all I could do was say one word, I realized that one word was enough.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

Over and over and over.

These two situations weren’t what I expected, but you know what? They didn’t surprise God one little bit. And none of your unexpected situations surprise him, either.

The God who is not bound by time like we are still sits on his throne. He is still in control. The wind and the rain and uncooperative veins still obey his commands, even when the only thing we can do is whisper the precious name of his son.

Jesus.

When you find yourself in unexpected situations you didn’t see coming, situations where you know for a fact Jesus is standing there holding you close, but you can’t quite shake the cloud that’s settling over you, how do you get to the other side of it?

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This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go. Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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God Still Sits on His Throne

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

December 5th I had outpatient surgery to remove a cyst from my right hand. Although the hand surgery was expected, and one of the easiest surgeries I’ve undergone, no one expected the cyst to be infected. That led to a more involved recovery with greater limitations post-op for an extended period of time.

Two days after that surgery, I was on a gurney in the back of an ambulance on my way to the emergency room for overnight observation for a possible heart attack, with stress test the next morning.

Thankfully, everything turned out fine on all fronts, but this was not the best way to enter the Christmas season.

Something I learned during these two events is when we plan on one thing and something else altogether different develops, it’s possible the most simple words to familiar songs or Bible verses we committed to memory can become difficult to recall.

During the very restless night I spent in the emergency room with telemetry monitor leads adhered to my body, and my recently operated on hand in an unwieldy huge nearly three foot tall foam box-thing, whenever the nurse came in every four hours to stick another needle into yet another uncooperative vein, he told me over and over, “You have GOT to calm down.”

Yeah. Easy for him to say.

Unfortunately, the stress of the surgery and hospital visit caused all my autoimmune diseases to go berserk and flare like mad.

Even so, shouldn’t I have been able to calm down? Wasn’t Jesus right there with me whether I remembered all the words to the songs I tried to sing, or the verses I tried to repeat?

Of course he was.

But for me, at that point in time, I was in a very real tug of war with fear, and fear was threatening to win.

When I realized all I could do was say one word, I realized that one word was enough.

Jesus. Jesus. Jesus.

Over and over and over.

These two situations weren’t what I expected, but you know what? They didn’t surprise God one little bit. And none of your unexpected situations surprise him, either.

The God who is not bound by time like we are still sits on his throne. He is still in control. The wind and the rain and uncooperative veins still obey his commands, even when the only thing we can do is whisper the precious name of his son.

Jesus.

When you find yourself in unexpected situations you didn’t see coming, situations where you know for a fact Jesus is standing there holding you close, but you can’t quite shake the cloud that’s settling over you, how do you get to the other side of it?

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This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.  Joshua 1:9 (NLT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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With All Our Hearts, Souls, and Minds

by Sandy Kirby Quandt

In October Pilot and I took a ten state 2,777 mile road trip. Although the original purpose for the trip did not unfold as planned, a good time was had by all nonetheless.

One of the marvels on this trip was seeing God’s splendor revealed in the changing autumn leaves. I took so many pictures! Some pictures were taken as we rolled down the road. Some were taken as I stood beneath the trees.

Something I noticed with the pictures I took as we drove was although the leaves looked vibrant and beautiful from a distance, upon closer inspection they were mostly dead.

How disappointing.

As I thought about the leaves, I also thought about those of us who call ourselves Christ followers.

Do we appear to have a vibrant, on-fire relationship with God to the casual observer but under God’s magnifying glass are mostly dead?

One sign I saw in front of a church in the Cumberland Mountains of Kentucky read, “You can fool the pastor, but not the Master.”

Hmmm.

Are we trying to fool the Master?

The Pharisees fooled many with their insistence on following man-made rules, rituals, and laws. They appeared pious to anyone who observed their actions.

Like the leaves, they looked good on the outside until you looked closer at their cold hard hearts.

Guess you could say they fooled the pastor and the masses.

They thought themselves clever enough to fool Jesus. They quickly found out, however, they couldn’t fool the Master. Jesus called them “white-washed tombs”. They looked good on the outside, but were filled with dead bones.

Their legalism and separatism made the religion they advocated more a matter of outward behavior than an inward heart-change which showed they loved God and loved others with the love of God.

How sad.

The Pharisees were haughty and judgmental against anyone who didn’t think like they did. This attitude of theirs butted against Christ’s teachings on love and grace for all people.

Looking at these religious leaders from the outside, their rhetoric and strict observances may have appeared God-honoring. Their hearts, however, told an altogether different story.

When Jesus spoke to the Pharisees, he often pointed out how far off the mark they were from what a follower of God should do and be. He pointed out God desires us to love him with all our heart, soul, and mind.

Jesus also reminded the Pharisees God’s word tells us to love our neighbors as ourselves. Jesus’ parable of the Good Samaritan further emphasized the importance of understanding our neighbors aren’t just the people who look or think like us, agree with us, or follow our agenda.

God’s not looking for those who put on a good outward pious show. He isn’t looking for people who put man-made rituals, loyalties, and traditions above the love he’s called us to have for others.

God is looking for those who love him with all their heart, soul, and mind, and love their neighbors – all of them – as themselves.

So how are we doing with that?

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“You hypocrites! How right Isaiah was when he prophesied about you!

‘These people, says God, honor me with their words, but their heart is really far away from me. It is no use for them to worship me, because they teach human rules as though they were my laws!’” Matthew 15:7-9 (GNT)

I wish you well.

Sandy

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