Pastor's Corner

10 Aug
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Mid-Week Challenge

Modern technology is something we all take for granted, but historically speaking, it was just a few years ago that some of our modern tools first came onto the scene.   In 950 the Windmill was invented in Persia.  The printing press in 1455 by Johannes Gutenberg, when he printed the Bible, which was the first book printed in the West using movable type. 1826/27 Nicéphore Niépce discovered Photography.  In 1876 Alexander Graham Bell made the first telephone call to Mr. Watson. In 1901 the radio came about by Guglielmo Marconi.  In 1927 the television displayed the first horizontal line on a screen. In 1974 the personal computer called the Altair appeared.  The Internet followed closely that same year by Vinton Cerf and Robert Kahn. Not to mention the personal Walkman, iPod and iPhone all in our lifetime!  

My point is that technology changes quickly; quicker in our lifetime than ever before.  Technology means change, and as we get older, most of us don’t like change.  “If it ain’t broke don’t fix it.” But few would argue that the devices listed above didn’t make our lives easier and, in some ways, better.  True, in the wrong hands, many of these items have done a great deal of harm.  But we cannot deny the overwhelming good that has come out of each of these.  Those that embrace the change and use it to their advantage get their message and ideas to a larger audience. 

None more than the evangelist Billy Graham.  It was Graham who realized that the radio was the movement of the future and began sending his message over the airwaves.  He then used the television and air travel to reach as many people as possible with the Gospel.  All of these tools came about in his ministry life time and saw millions come to Jesus through their use.  Now his legacy of technology is being developed further at the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. One way through the Search for Jesus ministry, launched in 2012 as a way to reach people with the Gospel online, has marked its 10th anniversary this month by reporting 100 million people have visited the ministry’s websites, and more than 3 million have indicated a decision for Christ and received follow-up.  These websites are offered in seven languages: English, Spanish, Portuguese, Arabic, Chinese, American Sign Language and Russian.  The ministry helps new Christians grow in their faith. It also offers "digital discipleship courses" created for new believers.  The website also includes a church locator tool to help Christians find a local congregation. 

“It's never too late to teach an old dog new tricks;” it might just take a little longer.  Seeing how there is nothing new under the sun, technology should be a friend of the church.  Yes, it can get frustrating when it doesn’t work like it is supposed to, but we rejoice in the fact that God is providing new ways to reach more people in our world than ever before.  Our job is to find creative ways to use those tools for His glory in fulfilling the Great Commission.      

“Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely, I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”  Mathew 28:19-20

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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