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“Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever.”                 

                                                   (Hebrews 13:8)

I saw a show on PBS here in Los Angeles recently called Things That Aren’t Here Anymore.  It was fascinating to see the things that were once a vital part of this area.  The Glendale Airport, Gilmore Field, home of the Hollywood Stars baseball team, the Coconut Grove, the Brown Derby, or Schwab’s Drug Store.  Now I didn’t grow up here, but it was still fun to see.  In Washington, D.C., were I did grow up, we’ve had our share of things that have disappeared with time, such as a place special in my childhood, the Glen Echo Amusement Park.  Fortunately with historical preservation things don’t disappear quite as much there.  It does make me think.  We all long for a sense of continuity, knowing that there are things on which we can depend.  Things that are familiar, those things that help us to feel safe, and at home.  Things that will never leave us.

Though many of the things we love may change with the next wind, we have the assurance that the presence of God is forever with us.  God is timeless, always offering us peace and grace.  What may change is our acceptance of that gift.  So let us affirm that beginning today we make the decision to allow God to be our steady rock.  Always there, always watching over us, always available to answer our every prayer.

Affirmation:  “Thank you God for being the same yesterday, today and forever.”

Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall for our Contemporary worship and Praise service, “Acts of God.”  Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship.

Also, join me on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8 PM for an hour of guided and silent meditation, reflection, affirmation and prayer.  As always, we will share communion together.  Everyone is welcome.

First Christian Church, North Hollywood, 4390 Colfax Avenue, Studio City, CA 91604.  http://www.fccnh.org