JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
(616) 405-6921
revjeff82@gmail.com

JANUARY/FEBRUARY 2021 GRANGE NEWS

The Best Is Yet To Come

Are the best days of your life in front of you? Our outlook in life, and our answer to that question can change with time. When we are younger, we look ahead. Once we are older, we yearn for the past. But when we walk with God, whatever our age, we know the best is yet to come!

Over the course of his long life, Moses witnessed the amazing things that God did, many of which happened when he was no longer young. Moses was eighty when he confronted Pharaoh and saw God miraculously set his people free from slavery. Moses saw the Red Sea part, saw manna fall from heaven, and even spoke with God.

Moses lived expectantly, looking ahead to what God would do. Even when he was one hundred and twenty years old, he understood that his life with God was just getting started and that he would never see an end to God’s greatness and love.

Regardless of our age, God’s “everlasting arms” faithfully carry us securely through each new day. ~James Banks~

MARCH/APRIL 2021 GRANGE NEWS

What Do the Experts Say?

Boston Globe columnist, Jeff Jacoby, writes of the “uncanny ability of experts to get things hopelessly, cataclysmically wrong.” A quick glance through history shows that he might be right. The great inventor, Thomas Edison, once declared that talking movies would never replace silent films. In 1928, Henry Ford declared that people were becoming too intelligent to ever have another war. Countless other predictions have badly missed the mark.

Only one Person is completely reliable. The religious leaders of Jesus’ day claimed to have the truth. They thought they knew what the promised Messiah would be like. But Jesus cautioned them, “You study the Scriptures diligently because you think that in them you have eternal life.” Then Jesus pointed out how they were missing the heart of the matter. “These are the very Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” ~John 5:39-40~

No matter what scary predictions we hear these days, don’t be alarmed. Our confidence remains in the One God at the very heart of the Scriptures. Only He has a firm grip on us and on our future.
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