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They are like trees planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season…In all that they do, they prosper.”  (Psalm 1:3)

One thing we can count on experiencing is change. So often we think about change as being difficult. If things change we will have to adapt to something new. We are so familiar with things the way that they are that the slightest alteration becomes something that we instantly label as bad, or we dislike. But change is good. Change is the cycle of life, God’s cycle of creation and change means that we are growing to new understandings of God working in our lives.

Think of the trees planted by streams of water. If there was no change then the possibility of their growth and blooming would not exist. If there was no change they would never reach for the stars and prosper.

Change for us can be what we decide to make of it. We can rail against it all we want, but change is still going to take place. The more we resist, the more painful our experience of that change is going to be for us. Change is the essence of possibility for our lives. To grow and to allow God to move through us in new ways that lift us to greater understanding of perfect Spirit creating abundant lives for us can be exciting, if we choose to see it that way. Change is what we find in the gospel of Jesus because the gospel is the essence of spiritual evolution. Theologian and writer Brian McLaren calls this “a perpetual fountain of youthful newness.”

We always see more of what we place our thoughts and beliefs upon. Deciding to embrace change, and see it as God blessing us in new ways, with new possibility for greater expression, will help us to live out what the scripture says “in all that they do, they prosper.”

Affirmation: “God’s Spirit within me is the newness of life that leads me to wonderful new adventures of faithfulness.”   

Rev. Jefferson Beeker


We live our lives one thought at a time. Let each of those thoughts really count for something wonderful.

Be prepared to change your thinking and change your life. Please join us each Sunday at 5:30 PM in our Social Hall at First Christian Church, North Hollywood, CA for our Contemporary Celebration and Praise service. Come as you are and enjoy an hour of great music from our wonderful band and singers, inspiring messages and good fellowship. Those things in life that you have been seeking have also been seeking you. Now is a good time to receive them. We will lift one another to live exciting, abundant new lives of possibility and purpose.

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. We are an open and affirming congregation.

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

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