Friday, September 10, 2010

Understanding the Times

Faith Alive’s spiritual theme for the month is "Understanding the Times." There’s nothing like hearing the theme preached by Pastor Ben in person; his passion and animation could bring a stone to life! Because we’re separated by an ocean, my blog's condensed version will have to suffice. Let’s hope the message isn't lost in translation.

The theme is based on 1 Chronicles 12:32 (NIV): “…men of Issachar, who understood the times and knew what Israel should do—200 chiefs, with all their relatives under their command….”

Pastor Ben says that understanding the times is the foundation for knowing the right thing to do. So strive to do the right thing at the right time; that is righteousness. We are to study the times, using the bible as our compass. Don’t be taken unaware like the homeowner in Matthew 24 who was robbed unaware, or like the foolish virgins in Matthew 25 who were away getting lamp oil when Jesus returned.

Instead, heed Paul’s advice in Ephesians 5:15-17 (NIV): “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.”

Pastor Ben asks us to consider four questions. What time is this? What are the signs of the times? What should be our attitude toward this time? How will we prepare to escape the corruption of this time?

I don’t know about you, but I want to be prepared. Thanks, Pastor Ben, for sharing your wisdom.

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