The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed,to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim Liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners;… Isaiah 61:1 NRSV El Espíritu del Señor omnipotente está sobre mí, por cuanto me ha ungido para anunciar buenas nuevas a los pobres. Me ha enviado a sanar los corazones heridos, a proclamar liberación a los cautivos y libertad a los prisioneros,…Isaías 61:1 NVI

The New Wine

In the Gospel of according  to Mark says “No one sews a patch of unshrunk cloth on an old garment. If he does, the new piece will pull away from the old, making the tear worse.   And no one pours new wine into old wineskins. If he does, the wine will burst the skins, and both the wine and the wineskins will be ruined. No, he pours new wine into new  wineskins.”

According to Roy Clark Blog. The men of Issachar understood the times. But that’s not all they did. Anyone can look out their window and tell whether or not it’s raining. These men did more than just know the times. They understood them. And because they understood them, they also knew what Israel should do.

Understanding is just the first piece. We must also know what to do.

Leonard Sweet in his book Soul Tsunami writes at length about how the world has and is changing. But then he goes on to argue that the church has faced these changes in one of three ways:

  • Denial
  • Reclusion
  • Hoisting the Sails

Sweet says that only one of these options is healthy.

Some churches deal with change by denying that it’s taking place. We can deny the changes all we want, but denial won’t forestall the change. I could have denied my grandkids the right to listen to their iPods in my car. I could have complained about how in my day we read real books, not eBooks. I could have extolled the lost art of letter writing and complained about the “laziness” of today’s youth, but what would that have done? It would have isolated me from my grandkids.

Many churches take the reclusion route. They hunker down in bunkers waiting for the waters of change to recede so they can return to the “good old days.” In an effort to remain solid and sound, they resist anything that is new and different.

But the healthy church seeks to be carried along by the wind of God (pneuma) as they engage the world in which they live—not the world they wished they lived in—with the good news of Jesus Christ.   by Roy Clark in Blog on  July 20th, 2012, Understanding the times (part 3) RBC, Ministries

God is Love 1John 4:16 in Jesus name

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