Because God is never cruel, there is a reason for all things. We must know the pain of loss; because if we never knew it, we would have no compassion for others, and we would become monsters of self-regard, creatures of unalloyed self-interest. The terrible pain of loss teaches humility to our prideful kind, has the power to soften uncaring hearts, to make a better person of a good one.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
|Love God, Love others...
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David Crowder Band
Jars of Clay
MG! The Visionary
Pedro the Lion
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Thousand Foot Krutch
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Time Zone Boise
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| Thursday, September 11, 2008
| Culture and God's will
|Wise advice is often found in unique places. For those involved in ministry and church leadership, we are often pointed to the books First & Second Timothy on instruction on how to lead and minister.
But, like I said, advice is found in uncommon places.
1 Chronicles 12 outlines the men who joined David's army while he was exiled from King Saul, and others who joined to help turn Saul's Kingdom over into David's hands. Of the thousands who joined David, most of them were described as brave warriors, or armed and prepared for battle. All of them except one group... the men of Issachar. The men of Issachar were described as those "who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command." (1 Chronicles 12:32, NIV)
They understood the times - their culture. And they knew what Israel should do; in other words, they knew God's will.
Today's church needs warriors - people who will stand up and fight for God. But among those brave few, we need leaders. Leaders who understand our culture and knows God's will.
|posted by nicholas casey @ 11:20 AM