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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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January 16, 2013 - Urgent Action Needed

By Gary Rogers

During my years as a firefighter in Tulsa, Okla., I was exposed to numerous urgent situations.

Arriving at a house fire, there was the mother in the front yard yelling that her baby was still inside. At the scene of a car accident, a young lady had both her legs cut off. A river rescue involved an intoxicated man who fell off a bridge. We once arrived at a residence where a little boy was trapped in the "Y" of a tree and was about to lose his leg. With these and many other incidents I learned that urgency motivates to extreme measures.

In urgent situations, our thinking necessarily changes. Under normal circumstances, we can afford to be safe, careful and cautious. Controlled and comfortable daily routines nurture consistency in our lives. But in an extremely urgent situation, everything changes.

Our rush of adrenaline and increased heart rate go hand in hand with emergency thinking that sizes up the situation and develops a plan of action. Yes, you want to be safe, but being overly cautious can result in tragedy. You must do something you don't feel comfortable doing. It's time to move. It's time to act. It's time to do something NOW.

The spiritual need in our communities and nation is urgent. Over and over we hear of multiple murders. It seems like bad people are getting worse. The cruelty and brutality we are seeing is beyond understanding. Human trafficking has reached an epidemic level. Young teenage girls are having their lives taken from them as they become someone's "property." Innocence and purity seem like fading memories of yesteryear.

This type of urgency fueled God's mandate to the prophet Joel. "Declare a holy fast; call a sacred assembly. Summon the elders and all who live in the land to the house of the Lord your God, and cry out to the Lord" (Joel 1:14, NIV). Declaring a fast and calling people to God's house to cry out in prayer was the needed response to urgent conditions.

I believe that kind of urgency exists today, and that kind of response is still needed. Our church is in the middle of a 21-day fast. We are uniting together in prayer and fasting.

The urgency is motivating us to do something outside our comfort zone. The urgency is pushing us past restrictive barriers. The urgency has caused us to see today as the time to move. Today is the time to act. Today is the time to do something. So together we fast and pray for God to move in a special way in our church, in our city, and in our nation.

May you be receptive to whatever God is calling you to do to stand for Him and on behalf of endangered souls in our dark world. And may your sense of urgency bring about the divine and victorious intrusion of His light.

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

 

 

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