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The Aug. 1, 2016 edition of CCM Magazine

As a musician, my absolute favorite songs are the ones that I can listen to time and again and experience something new at each spin. I love it when we re-read scripture and a brand new meaning or added depth leaps out of the page.

Hebrews 13:8 (NKJV) says, “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, forever.”—a verse that I’ve probably remembered for as long as I’ve known about, or could read the Bible. Perhaps it’s due to a myriad of activity surrounding us all—the upcoming presidential election, senseless killings piling up at enormous rates (including the abhorrent murdering of the unborn), and a sweeping increase of divisiveness on every conceivable level.

The times, they are most definitely a’changin’.

Jesus Christ, however, is the same. That two-letter word, “is,” encompasses a completely new emphasis and meaning today. For me, there’s an added weight to it—yes, in the sense that there’s so much going on—but just as I begin to worry and feel confined by the world, “is” becomes a blessed refuge and reality that He’s got all of this! I also love that I didn’t have to go far, or uncover some obscure method to personally rediscover and renew this truth—the verse literally lived up to its claim (and then some)!

Regardless of who takes an office, I’ll count on Jesus for the answers—He knows them all. Look, voting is important, so if you’re of-age and are an American, please participate and support which ever candidate speaks to you. If you’ve been experiencing concern, worry, fear…I pray that maybe my own revelation from a tiny little word can provide the same kind of reassurance for you that it has for me.

Blessings,
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About The Author

Kevin Sparkman
Managing Editor

After both on-stage and front-office experience in the Christian recording industry, (including co-founding Exit 3 Entertainment, Inc. and General Manager of hip-hop label Beatmart Recordings), Sparkman returned to Salem in 2014 from a Dir. of Communications position in the United Methodist Church. He became the Managing Editor of CCM Magazine in January 2015.