Church Message

In the Midst of Change, Our Lord’s Love and Grace Does Not Change
By Pastor Stuppy

Church message imageChurch sponsors may16I remember what it was like the first time I drove into this area with my wife and family. It was around the first of February in 1985. I had never been to the East Coast and didn’t know what to expect. I knew about Jamestown and Williamsburg, but had never heard of Newport News or Poquoson. It has changed a lot over the years.

The area around Jefferson and I-64 had a couple of stores, a McDonalds and some car dealerships. Walmart, Patrick Henry Mall, KMart, Kiln Creek, and Victory Blvd were all in the planning stages. The area was either farm land or covered with woods.

The population has probably grown by almost 200,000. No longer is the area’s economy solely dependent on the shipyard, NASA and the military. The area is thriving with activity from one end of Hampton Roads to the other.

Back in 1985 my 69 Camaro SS and I were both in good shape. My children still lived at home and I had more hair on top my head (but, not much). A lot has changed over the years.

The congregation has changed as well. Of the families who helped start out our church, there are only a few who are still here. With the mobile society we live in today and the high number of military in Hampton Roads, it seems like I have a new congregation every three or four years. Things change.

As we move into Fall, we see changes taking place. The leaves change color, the nights and days cool off. Change is a part of our life. As you look back, you can recall many changes that have taken place. There were weddings and funerals, birthdays and anniversaries, graduations and job changes. Our lives have changed and they will keep changing. Sometimes these changes are changes are good; others not. Some easy to deal with; others difficult to endure.

The one thing that does not change is our Lord. In the midst of all the changes we face in life, the Lord is the one thing we can count on not changing. His love and grace will not change. His promise of forgiveness in Christ Jesus, his mercy, his help in time of trouble, his constant presence and comfort. He is there for us in time of temptation and trial. He is there to give us strength when we are weak. He is there to help us when we are afraid; to be with us when we feel alone.

What a comfort it is to know that the Lord who loved Adam and Eve and promised them a Savior; the same Lord who renewed those promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; the same Lord whose coming was announced by the angels outside Bethlehem and to the Wise Men by the star; the same Savior who called Saul to be the Apostle to the Gentiles and changed his name to Paul; the same Savior who made you his child through Baptism; will be there today and tomorrow. "Jesus Christ the same yesterday, today, and for ever.” (Hebrews 13:8) Thank God, some things just don’t change.


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