The Same, But Different by Phil
Way back in 1999 I started sending out email devotions as a way to communicate God's truth in a real and understandable way using the latest technology. Since our humble beginnings, our online encouragements have been known as "The Inspiration Station." Meanwhile, we've watched the whole birth of social media, from MySpace to Facebook to Instagram and Twitter. So last month, we revised the name to "up-thoughts" and have opened a new YouTube channel specifically for inspirational videos. (If you haven't subscribed yet, please do so we can get enough followers for a customized web address and listing in search engines. The link is https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCrr-kZaA0dK8pdzibWCHIYA - See what we mean? Not a very catchy address.) This is also the home for our new scripture-based videos - "re:verse!"
Patreon is the new social media hub of our ministry which enables social media followers to become patrons (i.e. supporters, partners) through monthly donations. When new email devotions or YouTube videos are released, we announce them first on Patreon (https://www.patreon.com/pnpmorgan), which we then list on Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/pnpmorgan/). Instagram then tweets them on Twitter (@philnpammorgan) and posts them on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/philandpammorgan). How's that for being connected? After all these years, our mission is the same - Communicate God's truth (which never changes) in a real and understandable way using the latest technology. In other words - same message, new method.
So now for the thing I've never done before... As a practical example, here is a transcription of one of our recent "re:verse" videos. Pam usually does these, but I gave her a little break. Better yet - watch the video at https://www.patreon.com/pnpmorgan...
Pam and I came across a really cool verse the other day at our morning Bible study. It's in 2nd Timothy, Chapter 2. The first half of verse 19 says, "Nevertheless, God's solid foundation stands firm, sealed with this inscription: 'The Lord knows those who are his.'"
If you do a little context searching around that, you'll find that solid foundation is God's truth. In fact, I love the way the NLT puts it, "But God's truth stands firm like a foundation stone..."
We have been hearing from so many people, pastors and otherwise lately, that if you go through a difficult time in your life, if you're confronted with a situation that the world says is okay but the Bible says is wrong, then you need to rethink your view of God and your view of the church. Friends, let me tell you, I think that's really dangerous. It's always important that we evaluate our thinking and makes sure it lines up with God's truth we find in Scripture, but if every time we come across a difficult situation in life or something that the world says is wrong, but scripture is pretty clear on, we rethink who God is - isn't that remaking God in our image, so that we're not uncomfortable with the things God stands for? Friends, I can tell you from experience, this is a powerful truth. The one thing in this world - the one thing in this universe - that never changes is God's solid foundation of His truth. If we build our lives, if we build our marriages on that foundation, no matter what storms come, no matter what Satan sends our way, it will stand.
But I think the part that I love most about this verse is the second part, where it says inscribed on that stone, that solid foundation rock of God's truth, are the words "the Lord knows those who are his." So friends, think about that. If you're a follower of Jesus, God knows who you are. He knows your name, and not only that, he has written your name on the one thing that will never change - His truth. What a powerful testimony, that no matter what we're going through in life, no matter how we feel, God knows our name and God's love for us will never change, no matter what. He's carved it, inscribed it, into the solid foundation rock of his truth.
I hope that's an encouragement for you today. God loves you more than you can even begin to imagine! And as we like to say... if your busy life is leading you away from the Bible, it's time to re:verse!
There you go. A little scripture, truth and encouragement, all delivered in under three minutes! We'd love to hear your thoughts on this new method to keep spreading God's good news. Of course, it helps even more if you watch the videos and forward/share them with your social media friends.
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