A Message for You — November 18, 2009

Did You Know, 1.0

by PASTOR RON AULBACH
BridgeWay Community Church

Have you noticed that we live in a world where the rate of change is just staggering? You compare this era to your childhood and you find yourself saying, “When I was your age…” and then you give a full description of what life was like for you just a few decades ago. It always involves you walking uphill, both ways, in the snow.

What do you do in an ever-changing world, where you don’t get to vote on the change? Sometimes you like the change. Sometimes the change affects you in such a way that is brutal on your family, finances and faith. The only way to navigate a changing world is to hold onto an unchanging God.

There are some viral videos on YouTube called “Did You Know?” and they demonstrate how information is getting easier and easier to access. There are over 240 million televisions in our country, and what’s staggering is over two million of them are in bathrooms! Apple now boasts over 100,000 iPhone apps. The average teenager sends 2,272 text messages per month. One ambitious teen in Los Angeles, Brady James, holds the current record of over 217,000 text messages in one month! Doctors have classified a new injury for patients who use a Blackberry device, called tenosynovitis, also known as Texter’s Thumb.

“What doesn’t change?” you might ask. The love of God and his unending pursuit of you and me does not change. This is good news. You don’t have to worry, He will not go out of fashion. A better 2.0 version is not in the works for you to upgrade.

Of all the statistics that shocked me the most was that over one million new books get published every year. Yet one book has outsold them all. It’s the Bible, and it offers us life through a relationship with Jesus. Maybe that’s why the writer of Hebrews made this very simple statement—the original “Did You Know?”—“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever,” (Hebrews 13:8). He is not surprised by change. You can trust him with every doubt and struggle you face.

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