Devotional – Understanding the Times

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“men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.”
1 Chronicles 12:32 ESV

1 Chronicles 12 tells us of the “mighty men” who rallied to David’s side during his days of rejection.

Not surprisingly those who came to David were highly skilled warriors. They were swift, mighty and experienced. Experts with the weapons of war including spear, shield, bow, and sling. By the tens of thousands they came to David’s aid equipped and battle ready.

There were others who came to David who brought an entirely different set of skills. Yes, they may have been warriors too– but they possessed something much greater than military prowess, they possessed wisdom and discernment. They were ‘men who had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do.’

Today, perhaps more than ever, God’s Church needs men and women who understand the times. Wise and discerning believers who know what the church ought to do and have the courage to stand up and lead the Church in the ways of God!

Are you such a believer? Will you rally around the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church? Will you, with all wisdom and discernment, seek out God’s will for the Church today? Do you posses the courage to rise up and pursue God’s will?

Lord, I pray for Your wisdom. Wisdom to understand the times. Discernment to know Your will. Courage to stand battle ready. And the audacity to do your will regardless of the cost.

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Editorial note: Originally published July 11, 2015 at assemblyHUB.com

 

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Audio: The Temple – Solomon’s Dedication

 

…the glory of the Lord filled the house of God. 2 Chronicles 5:14 NKJV

 

This is the third of a series of nine messages regarding the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday now through March 8th.

 

 

The Temple Part 3: Solomon's Dedication from DigitalSojourner

 


The Temple: This Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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Audio: The Temple – David Prepares the Materials

 

…I have set my affection on the house of my God… 1 Chronicles 29:3 NKJV

 

This is the second of a series of nine messages regarding the history of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem entitled ‘The Temple: The Biography of a Place.’

This series of messages, along with their accompanying PowerPoint slides, were originally presented by Brother Tom Schetelich at the Forge Road Bible Chapel of Perry Hall, MD in late 2010 and early 2011.

Lord willing the series of messages will be posted every Friday now through March 8th.

 

 

 


 

 
Tom SchetelichAbout the author: Thomas J. Schetelich is an attorney with the law firm of Ferguson, Schetelich & Ballew, P.A. in Baltimore, MD where he represents many Christians in business and ministry. Tom is also the President of the Christian Professional Network, a leading national organization of Christian businesses, professionals, and ministries.

Mr. Schetelich is an elder at Forge Road Bible Chapel in Perry Hall, MD. He also serves at Christian Missions in Many Lands, The Maryland Bible Society, The Maryland Fellowship of Christian Athletes, The Greater Baltimore Center for Pregnancy Concerns, and The Baltimore School of the Bible among other ministries.

Editor’s Note: Thank you brother Tom for sharing this series with Digital Sojourner ~~ Scott

 


The Temple: The Biography of a Place
Series Directory

Part 1 The Temple: Choosing the Place
Part 2 The Temple: David Prepares the Materials
Part 3 The Temple: Solomon’s Dedication
Part 4 The Temple: Ahaz and Hezekiah
Part 5 The Temple: The Glory Departs
Part 6 The Temple: Haggai and the Second Temple
Part 7 The Temple: Herod’s Temple
Part 8 The Temple: Jesus at the Temple
Part 9 The Temple: Today & Beyond: Ezekiel’s Temple

 

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An Ounce of Prevention

The catastrophe of King David underscores what can happen when leaders fail to create a structure in which they are answerable for how they spend both their private and professional time. Ultimately, as he did with David, God will hold everyone accountable (especially leaders). The Bible shows us the dangers of living our lives free of accountability.

Most leaders don’t experience a sudden blow-out in their lives. More often it’s a slow leak that leads to disaster.   A man can deceive himself into thinking that a small compromise will not matter. But small steps, taken consistently, add up to a great distance. Small compromise has a snowball effect; momentum develops, and before we realize what’s happening, life spins out of control.  Once that train is moving, it’s tough to just jump off for the purpose of self-preservation.  Believe me; I know this fact all too well!

David didn’t just wake up one morning and decide to trash his life by committing adultery with one of his mighty men’s wives and then having that man killed. David had already begun the descent into spiritual sloth by making small compromises. He began by taking an additional wife, then another and another and another. Eventually David had seven wives in all, but even that wasn’t enough. So, he stocked a harem. David had a slow leak of self-control. And he compounded that problem by not having anyone around who would tell him about the problem.

When another Christian falls into obvious sin, an admonition is imperative, because God’s Word demands it. The practice of discipline in the community of faith begins with friends who are close to one another. Words of admonition and reproach must be risked.  If we are not intentional about inviting someone like Nathan into our lives, God will provide a Nathan for us. But by then it may be too late to spare us from the consequences.

Wise leaders don’t wait for a crisis to establish accountability. Accountability relationships cannot be imposed; they must be invited. The onus is on leaders to establish structures and relationships that hold them accountable for their sin and unleash their God given potential. We must seek out godly people of mature character and give them permission to ask us the tough questions. This requires risk on our part. It requires honesty and vulnerability – risky things that leaders are often skittish about. However, as anyone who has suffered the consequences of a fall will tell you, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

More to come about why I began being accountable…

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Digital Sojourner would like to thank Long Vo for writing this guest post.

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