File

File

Minister’s Message: The Bible as a guide in our past, present and future

The Bible reminds us of those unfailing truths.

  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 8:55pm
  • Life

It was the mid 1970s, I was in Junior High School and I became aware of something all of the adults were talking about in concerned tones. The Arab oil embargo was a landmark event that would bring lasting changes to the United States. The hourslong lines to get gas at the gas station brought the “muscle car era” to a sudden halt and American-made gas guzzling automobiles were being discarded in favor of fuel-efficient Japanese made automobiles that have been with us in a big way ever since. Like what we are feeling today, it was a time of uncertainty, anxiety and “shortages.”

We are again in the midst of a great change that is taking place in our world, our nation, our state and our own communities. Change will take place in every facet of our lives, how we work, how we do schooling; even the way we do church will experience lasting changes.

How are you doing with change? Change can be stressful, raise anxiety and even produce fear. We can’t help it, the unknown just produces these kinds of emotions in us. What we need in times like this is something that is stable, reliable and safe. We need to know what is true, what we can believe. In a world that hears the term “fake news,” what can we believe? Each side points the finger at the other accusing them of not being truthful. What are we to do?

At times like this, the Bible is a true source of truth, comfort and strength. The Bible has been around for centuries, through wars, famines, plagues, earthquakes and floods. It remains a source that hundreds of millions of believers around the world turn to not only for spiritual guidance, comfort and direction but it even contains practical truths for health and strength (wash your hands!).

I like Psalm 46, a typical passage that reassures us when times are uncertain. Let me share a couple of verses with you:

Psalm 46:1-3 God is our refuge and strength, A very present help in trouble. 2 Therefore we will not fear, Even though the earth be removed, And though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; 3 Though its waters roar and be troubled, Though the mountains shake with its swelling. Selah

Verse two is the conclusion of the matter, “Therefore we will not fear…”. God has been reliable in the past. He is reliable in our present and will remain reliable in our future. The Bible reminds us of those unfailing truths. It never changes, is never shaken and has never been untrue. I encourage you to pull out your copy of the Bible or find one online and begin to find hope, healing and faith in its pages.

More in Life

The 10 participants in season 9 of “Alone,” premiering on May 26, 2022, on the History Channel. Terry Burns of Homer is the third from left, back. Another Alaskan in the series, Jacques Tourcotte of Juneau, is the fourth from left, back. (Photo by Brendan George Ko/History Channel)
Homer man goes it ‘Alone’

Burns brings lifetime of wilderness experience to survival series

Thes chocolate chip cookie require no equipment, no pre-planning, and are done from start to finish in one hour. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Forever home chocolate chip cookies

This past week I moved into my first forever home

Nick Varney
Unhinged Alaska: This purge won’t be a movie sequel

What’s forthcoming is a very rare occurrence and, in my case, uncommon as bifocals on a Shih Tzu puppy

File
Being content with what you don’t know

How’s your negative capability doing?

Michael S. Lockett / Juneau Empire
Local Tlingit beader Jill Kaasteen Meserve is making waves as her work becomes more widely known, both in Juneau and the Lower 48.
Old styles in new ways: Beader talks art and octopus bags

She’s been selected for both a local collection and a major Indigenous art market

A copy of “The Fragile Earth” rests on a typewriter on Wednesday, May 18, 2022 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Off the Shelf: Seeking transformation in the face of catastrophe

Potent words on climate change resonate across decades

Gochujang dressing spices up tofu, lettuce, veggies and sprouts. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Healthy life starts with healthy food

Gochujang salad dressing turns veggies and tofu into an exciting meal

Virginia Walters (Courtesy photo)
Life in the Pedestrian Lane: Spring Fever

“OK, Boomer” is supposed to be the current put down by the “woke generation”

A headstone for J.E. Hill is photographhed in Anchorage, Alaska. (Findagrave.com)
Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 2

“Bob,” he said, “that crazy fool is shooting at us.”

File
Minister’s Message: Has spring sprung in your life?

Christ also offers us an eternal springtime of love, hope and life

Eggs Benedict are served with hollandaise on a bed of arugula and prosciutto. (Photo by Tressa Dale/Peninsula Clarion)
On the strawberry patch: Honoring motherhood, in joy and in sorrow

Many who have suffered this loss believe they must bear it in silence for the sake of propriety

Page from Seward daily gateway. (Alaska State Library, Archives and Museum, Juneau, A.K.)
Night falls on the Daylight Kid — Part 1

Night Falls on the Daylight Kid—Part One By Clark Fair