Therefore we will not fear, though the earth should change, though the mountains shake in the heart of the sea.
(Psalms 46:2 NRSV)

Posted in large letters on a poster in the hallway of a building at Sampson Air Force Base in New York were these words, "Change is Progress," Some had a considerable disagreement with the young Lieutenant who put up that poster. Some think of progress as improvement while the Lieutenant was thinking of progress as forward movement, in essence, both were right.

But many people fight change no matter what their view.

"Things are ok as they are,"

"We have done it this way for the last _____ years!"

"Why change now?"

In the future it is quite likely that some things will change. Proposals for other changes will be made. Some of these changes will be understood and accepted while others will not. It is often difficult to know just who is right when considering any change. It is a challenge to us to look at whether or not we fight something because we carefully considered the alternatives, the advantages and disadvantages, and have chosen to make the change or not to make the change or if our decision is based on the idea of the status quo, "It was good enough for Paul and Silas and its good enough for me."

How do you handle the change God has sent to you, your family, and your church?


Dear God, may I seek your will in the face of change. In Jesus' name, Amen.

Ron Newhouse

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