David Jeremiah observes, "A cartoonist in the New Yorker drew a picture of a small town general store with this banner in the window: 'Going Out of Business, Slowly but Surely.' Many churches and organizations go out of business slowly but surely because they resist change. You might not like change, but I'll bet you can think of something worse - stagnation! 'Stagnation can befall any kind of organization,' warns consultant Jeanie Daniel Duck.

"It can also befall people. We have to remember that while not all changes are good, changes from God are very good. 'Wherever the Lord's Spirit is, there is freedom,' wrote the apostle Paul. 'As all of us reflect the Lord's glory with faces that are not covered with veils, we are being changed into His image with ever-increasing glory. This comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit' (2 Cor. 3:17-18, God's Word). (from Turning Point Daily Devotional, 6-10-04)

-PreachingNow 06/22/04