Becky Pippert on Repenting and Rejoicing
Dr. Ray PritchardDr. Ray Pritchard is the president of Keep Believing Ministries, in Internet-based ministry serving Christians in 225 countries. He is the author of 29 books, including Stealth Attack, Fire and Rain, Credo, The ABCs of Christmas, The Healing Power of Forgiveness, An Anchor for the Soul and Why Did This Happen to Me? Ray and Marlene, his wife of 39 years, have three sons-Josh, Mark and Nick, two daughters-in-law--Leah and Vanessa, and four grandchildren grandsons: Knox, Eli, Penny and Violet. His hobbies include biking, surfing the Internet, and anything related to the Civil War.
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This was Becky's comment:
When I spoke at the National Convention in Chattanooga in August it was fascinating how intertwined all of the speakers were (avi Zacharias, Max Lucado, Tony Evans, Kay Arthur, Janet Parshall, myself)-- all of us united in our passion that the church must not remain silent in these difficult yet challenging times -- neither silent about the issues nor silent about the gospel!
I talked about: Repenting and Rejoicing: Being a Witness for Such a Time as This, i.e.., what does it mean to be a witness in times that are so hostile to the gospel? My fear is that as our culture becomes increasingly hostile to the gospel, we may sink into hostility ourselves towards the world, and miss our opportunity to share the glorious gospel. So I addressed the way to prepare spiritually for being a witness: by repenting and rejoicing -- acknowledging daily all known sin and living in the fullness of the Spirit.
Becky is exactly right. We must not fall into the trap of withdrawal or despair or hostility -- asy to do in times like these. If we can just find the right chord (I choose that metaphor on purpose because it speaks of many notes coming together at once to produce a harmonious sound), we can speak with great power to this generation. It's not easy, but if we can do it, these ought to be days of incredible opportunity for local churches and for Christians everywhere.
This is no time for despair or fear or cowardice or timidity. The church always does its best work in times of moral darkness and confusion. If the times are dark, remember than in the darkness, when the light shines, it really shines.
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