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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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June 1, 2010 - Taking Risks

By Danny Cheney

Are you willing to take risks for God? Many people will take plenty of risks in their lives for seemingly unimportant reasons but are afraid to do something big for God. Why are we so afraid of doing something big? Because if it doesn’t work, we feel like we fail big! God, however, is looking for risk takers, people who are not afraid of failure.

A couple of years ago we had a Speed the Light fundraiser that was a big risk taker. Skydiving! At 10,000 feet (nearly 2 miles) in the air, we were to jump out of a perfectly good airplane and parachute to the ground. Just before the sky diving trip they made us all sign waivers that they were not responsible in the event of death. In the video they showed us, it stated over and over that you could die from this.

What would make us go through with this adventure? It is exhilarating to take a risk. Sure I was nervous, but this was for God. To raise money for His kingdom.

The moment came. The door of the plane opened. There was no turning back now. It was jump or jump. Guess what I did? JUMP! Free-falling at 120 mph for more than a minute was the most incredible experience of my life. I made it out alive. We landed safely, and I was ready to go again.

When you take risks for God, it might be scary, but it is the most exciting part of the Christian life. Many Christians never discover the joy in risk taking. They never go to the next level in their spiritual journey because they are afraid of the unknown.

In obedience to God’s leading, Abraham went to a land he had never seen. Noah built an ark on dry ground at God’s command, trusting God’s promise of a flood. Moses went to deliver the Children of Israel even though he was a stuttering coward. Each of these servants of God, and many others in Scripture, were willing to take a risk.

People might think you are nuts for doing something “crazy” for God, but obedience to God is vitally important and immeasurably rewarding. Individual believers and even entire congregations can become spiritually stagnant when the safe and status quo are cherished realities. We must break out of our comfort zones and do something “risky” for God.

“We’ve never done it that way before.” “We like it the way it is.” “I don’t think it will work; we better not try.” Do these excuses sound familiar?

We can stay the way we are. But if we do, we will never grow past where we are. We will never go forward unless we are willing to take risks. Let’s dare to be different and dare to make a difference.

— Danny and Sonya Cheney pastor Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Ark.



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