JEFFREY SWAINSTON, CHAPLAIN
P.O. Box 77
Manton, MI 49663​
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JULY/AUGUST 2021 GRANGE NEWS

The Bible is filled with stories of transformation. From David who found courage and strength to fight Goliath and later became king, to Zacchaeus who changed his ways after Jesus met with him, to Jonah who found courage after God intervened through the use of a large fish. These are just a few stories of people in the Bible who were transformed by God. These people did not change in just one area of their life, however. They were transformed entirely because God’s Word and goodness changed their innermost being. They were able to find peace, courage, strength, and forgiveness, forever setting them on a path that God planned for them, and that was better than anything they could ever imagine. Through being transformed on the inside, their lives were transformed on the outside.

We do not only have to look at the Bible to see acts of transformation. They are all around us. When we accept God into our hearts, we are forever changed. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here!” When we accept Christ into our lives, He works through all the hurt, fear, anger, and past experiences that affect our daily life. He brings us healing so that we may walk forward and find joy in what God has planned for us. From the inside, we are transformed. Instead of living in sin and shame, we can live as a light of Christ.

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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