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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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October 11, 2012 - Minority Report?

By Jerry D. Scott

 

Headlines from around the world often are grim. Reflecting on the news, my mood is like that described in the Psalm of the exiles: “By the rivers of Babylon we sat and wept when we remembered Zion. There on the poplars we hung our harps” (Psalm 137:1,2, NIV). But is this a time to silence our songs and weep? Or is this a time of opportunity?

I was inspired by my reading in the Book of Numbers. In preparation for entry into the Promised Land, the Lord told Moses to send in scouts. Twelve men were selected for a 40-day exploration.

“So they went up and explored the land. … When they came to the valley of Eshcol, they cut down a branch with a single cluster of grapes so large that it took two of them to carry it on a pole between them! They also brought back samples of the pomegranates and figs” (Numbers 13:21,23, NLT).

“They came back with this report. “We entered the land you sent us to explore, and it is indeed a bountiful country — a land flowing with milk and honey. Here is the kind of fruit it produces. But the people living there are powerful, and their towns are large and fortified. We even saw giants there, the descendants of Anak!” (Numbers 13:27,28).

Most of the scouts spread a report that demoralized the people; they saw only the facts without a complement of faith in God!

Two scouts, Caleb and Joshua, delivered a minority report.

“They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey. Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!’” (Numbers 14:7-9).

It’s inspiring to read that Caleb and Joshua did not gloss over the challenges — a temptation for all of us in tough times. These men remembered the One who was sending His people into the land, and they matched faith to fact, spiritual vision to the real difficulties that would be involved in possessing the Promised Land! Sadly, the minority report did not prevail. Israel rejected the Lord’s commission and suffered for it.

The Church needs people with the vision of Caleb and Joshua! We need visionary people who are inspired by faith, who see beyond this world’s greatest challenges. Instead of hanging up our harps and weeping by the river, we need to sing the songs of triumph! We need to take courage.

The apostle Peter wrote, “Prepare your minds for action; be self-controlled; set your hope fully on the grace to be given you when Jesus Christ is revealed” (1 Peter 1:13, NIV).

The gospel that is a treasure entrusted to us addresses every need of our world! Christ Jesus brings freedom from sin and transforms those who receive Him. This is the hour for the Church to stand up and speak!

“You are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light” (1 Peter 2:9, NLT).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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