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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.

Chorus:
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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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    You are right on brother

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    finn0828

    over 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    Bill I appreciate you being here for us. You put things in perspective much Thanks.

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    RDuViv

    over 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    And that, folks, is change we can ALL believe in!! Amen.

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    BCDave

    over 5 years ago

    14 Comments

    Thank you and God bless you for your work.

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    Elisha

    over 5 years ago

    40 Comments

    I love to tell the story, ’twill be my theme in glory,
    To tell the old, old story of Jesus and His love.
    A great song and brings back memories of singing it as a child in church!! God Bless my Brother!

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    nodlesmom

    over 5 years ago

    26 Comments

    It made me cry when I read your song. What a peaceful feeling it brings over me. Thank You.

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    MeanStreets949

    over 5 years ago

    2318 Comments

    It always helps to get the word of encouragement from a man of God. It reminds ma of my place in life.....and the grace that got me here. God bless you Bill.

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    Constable1

    over 5 years ago

    24 Comments

    Great article Brother Preacher...Sounds like you are hearing from above!
    In His Service,

    Constable1

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    normdog85

    over 5 years ago

    4 Comments

    One BIG AMEN Brother, Good article and one of my favorites to sing on Sundays....or Sunday nights....or Wednesdays!!! nothing like a good Old Fashioned hymm

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    ImWatchin4U

    over 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    Thanks I needed that!

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    buzz

    over 5 years ago

    68 Comments

    I pray more people would be more willing to know and love the Lord, thank you for your faithfulness. God Bless and be strong.

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    PIMH57

    over 5 years ago

    48 Comments

    Thanks, I needeed that! God Bless

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    Anonymous

    over 5 years ago

    Thanks For sharing those thoughts and truths. I love that song... There is a deep and peaceful feeling it gives me, just as it did when I was a child. GOD bless and keep everyone.

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    mpdc601sod

    over 5 years ago

    46 Comments

    things are different now that's it's over and now history. as soon as i passed the viewing stand during the presidential parade those whom had ill feelings were calling to give me high fives. those to whom i ve touched i also touched by him and his forgiveness. he was along for the ride since his presence was felt and the joy of it all was now over and just a memory. would i go thru the whole process again. sure thing. it's the only way i can honor the fallen officers and current leos with a wave; thumbs up and be safe. 8 seconds of tv to show that the memory of leos is real and is now never to be forgotten. chris was right in coming here thanks chris

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    LALoughery

    over 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    Thank you. I enjoyed it.

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