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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 11, 2012 - Insight in Knowing What to Do?

By Gary Rogers

Some of the most profound biblical promises and principles are tucked away in obscure places. The Book of 1 Chronicles derives its name from its exhaustive lists of names and numbers connected with Israel’s early history. First Chronicles includes some of the most sleep-inducing reading found in all of Scripture. But hidden in one of these lists is a reference to someone with a special gift — a gift each of us desperately needs. Every parent and spouse needs this gift in making decisions. Every pastor or ministry leader will find it invaluable. This gift is crucial in helping a congregation become productive and relevant in a community. Any leader would count this gift as an irreplaceable edge in leading a company or country.

What is this gift? First Chronicles 12:32 says, “The sons of Issachar … had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do” (NKJV). Notice the gift the tribe of Issachar had. They understood the times and they knew what Israel should do. Wow, what a gift! God invested into Issachar this special blessing to help Israel.

To understand the times is to have insight into the culture, the trends, the specific needs, to recognize the urgent and identify the imminent. It also means to know the difference between the insignificant and the critical. From this knowledge given to Issachar came insight into what Israel should do. For leaders today, this kind of insight answers key questions: “Where should our emphasis be?” “Should we be aggressive and move forward or should we wait?” “Is it time for us to invest or hold everything in reserve?” “Will this current trend soon pass or will this be a trait to deal with for some time to come?”

You can see why this is a gift I pray for often as a pastor. I don’t believe this gift was just reserved for Issachar hundreds of years ago. I believe — like the prayer of Jabez tucked away in 1 Chronicles 4:10 — this special gift in this remote passage in Scripture can be applied to our lives today.

Today you too can know the times. You can have godly insight in leading your family or business or community into God’s blessing. Ask for God’s wisdom; He is only too happy to give it to you.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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