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Chaplain's Corner: Some Things Don’t Change

Chaplain Bill Wolfe | Llano County Sheriff's Department

Hello, and welcome once again to the February Chaplain’s Corner. It keeps trying to be Spring here in the Highland Lakes area…highs go from the 40s to 70s to 50s then back to 70s; gives some of us Spring Fever and others “cedar fever.” I just wish it would bring us some r-a-i-n. This drought keeps up, and the birds and bunnies won’t be the only ones having to take dust baths.

For good or ill, we as a country are embarking into the first year of the 44th President of the United States. There is a certain set of phrases which I’m soooo tired of hearing. You probably are too. I wrestled with (and rejected) several different titles for this month’s column using those phrases, especially “that you can believe in.” In the political sense, what does that mean, anyway?

Some things don’t change. That phrase can convey a sense of hopelessness or a sense of peace and security. As those words came to me as I was sitting here trying to write, they brought to me the latter. And they brought to mind the words of an old church song from years gone by: I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory, To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

You see, the Mainstream Media and the political left are all about painting a biased picture of what Christianity is all about. They paint us as out-of-touch, radical hate-mongers. But what Christianity is all about is actually “that word” – Change.

Simply put, Jesus came from Heaven to earth to change the way that mankind understood God. He came to change the way people and God interacted. He came to change the way we interact with each other. He came to change … us. And that involves things that don’t change – primarily His love for us.

When we understand what God’s plan entails; when we accept Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross as payment for our wrong thoughts and actions; God exchanges our old lives for new ones. THAT’s change we can believe in. God creates in us a “new heart” that brings a new, eternal life. The Apostle Paul describes it as becoming a new creation when Jesus becomes part of our lives.

What doesn’t change is the Gospel. The Good News that an unchanging God reached down into human history to make it possible for men’s and women’s hearts to be changed; to make fresh starts possible. He did it for me. I know He can do it for you.

Hmm? About the song? You’re not familiar with it? Oh, OK…well let me close then by sharing the words. I can’t sing it for you through this column and that’s probably just as well…sometimes I sing good and sometimes I just sing. It’s entitled: “I Love To Tell The Story.”

I love to tell the story of unseen things above,
Of Jesus and His glory, of Jesus and His love.
I love to tell the story, because I know ’tis true;
It satisfies my longings as nothing else can do.

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

I love to tell the story; more wonderful it seems
Than all the golden fancies of all our golden dreams.
I love to tell the story, it did so much for me;
And that is just the reason I tell it now to thee.

I love to tell the story; ’tis pleasant to repeat
What seems, each time I tell it, more wonderfully sweet.
I love to tell the story, for some have never heard
The message of salvation from God’s own holy Word.

I love to tell the story, for those who know it best
Seem hungering and thirsting to hear it like the rest.
And when, in scenes of glory, I sing the new, new song,
’Twill be the old, old story that I have loved so long.

I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.

The old, old story that never changes. Blessings to you and yours.

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