NEW: Insight for the Day 09:09:16: 7 News


newsDiscussion Points

  1. Do you watch the News?
  2. How do you respond to ‘good’ news?
  3. How do you respond to ‘bad’ news?

Case 09:09:2016

More Breaking News!

  1. Earthquake in South East Asia claiming thousand of lives;
  2. AIDS epidemic sees no near end solution;
  3. US launches counter-attack against Iraq to defend the Saudi Arabia kingdom;
  4. Famine in Africa reaches an alarming level;
  5. United Nations in futile attempt to prevent the development of nuclear weapons by Iran to ensure peace in the Middle East.

When I hear such news, I ask myself should I abandon watching the bulletin and focus only on the good news offered by the Bible. In my opinion, the answer is No as we can not isolate ourselves from what is going on around us. The news gives us issues on which to focus our prayers on.

Thank God for the blessed assurance we have in Luke 21 v 36 on how to respond to the events around us as predicted in Luke 21 v 10 – 11:

Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

The word of encouragement highlights the following statement:

“Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man.”

We all remember the motto of the Boy’s Scouts – ‘Be prepared’!

Points to Ponder

  1. God is still in control despite what is going on in society
  2. He left us the Holy Spirit as our ‘standby’
  3. Heaven and Earth may pass away but his Word remains steadfast as our guide

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 08:09:16: Amazing Grace


amazingDiscussion Points

  1. What is your source of knowledge?
  2. What is your source of understanding?
  3. What is your source of wisdom?

Case 08:09:2016

The word ‘amazing’ according to the Dictionary is defined as the following:

1. to overwhelm with surprise or sudden wonder; astonish greatly;

2. To cause great wonder or astonishment: a sight that amazes.

This was my reaction on my first project when a Senior Consultant was flown in from England to save a project that was near doom. Upon his arrival the skill and expertise that was exhibited was so wonderfully crafted that only the comforting words of my manager “that he has been doing this for a long time”; kept me at peace.

There is something about demonstrating the influence of wisdom, excellence and skill that keeps people asking questions as highlighted in Matthew 13 v 53 – 54:

When Jesus had finished these parables (these comparisons), He left there. And coming to His own country [Nazareth], He taught in their synagogue so that they were amazed with bewildered wonder, and said, Where did this Man get this wisdom and these miraculous powers? Is not this the carpenter’s Son? Is not His mother called Mary? And are not His brothers James and Joseph and Simon and Judas? And do not all His sisters live here among us? Where then did this Man get all this?

These are the competitive advantages that give us that extra edge as we journey along the path of success. It will bring us before kings and not mediocre and mere men.

Points to Ponder

  1. The fear of God is the beginning of wisdom
  2. The Holy Spirit provides understanding and counsel
  3. Our knowledge is incomplete and partial without God

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 07:09:16: Association of Teachers


teachersDiscussion Points

  1. Would you consider yourself an expert in your role?
  2. Does your role involve imparting knowledge?
  3. How effective would you consider yourself in this role?

Case 07:09:2016

Flyers, billboards, internet adverts, workshops, and lectures all highlight the fact that everyone has something to share or express. In other words, we can all claim to be teachers. This may be the case, but the Bible gives a stern warning to those that profess to be teachers. There is more to assuming the role that must be taken into consideration, like the answer to this question:

“How effective is your teaching or message”?

Nowadays, everyone wants to move from being an ‘apprentice’ to ‘expert’ status overnight. When Jesus delivered His sermons, the crowds were always amazed that He taught as one who had authority. On the other hand, when the religious scholars taught they always cited traditions and quoted authorities to support their arguments and convince the people.

To be an effective teacher, one should imitate the style of Jesus by adopting authority and originality, rather than manipulation as confirmed in Matthew 7 verses 28 – 29:

“When Jesus had finished saying these things, the crowds were amazed at his teaching, because he taught as one who had authority, and not as their teachers of the law.

Points to Ponder

  1. It takes the knowledge, understanding and wisdom of God to be an expert
  2. It takes grace and humility to present the information
  3. It takes God opening the heart of your audience to receive

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NEW: Insight for the Day 06:09:16: Baby Talk


baby talkDiscussion Points

  1. Were you brought up to speak only when requested by your parents
  2. What impact did this have on you?
  3. How do you relate to the younger generation?

Case 06:09:2016

There is a school of though that believes children should be seen and not heard. In other words ‘Keep Quiet’. Below is an extract from Jonathan Aitken’s book called Pride and Prejudice which highlights a different view and opinion:

“Yet even in this ceaseless round of activity, William could not fail to catch glimpses of my distress. One night, as we were consuming our hamburgers and Budweiser beers under a spectacularly clear Milky Way in the heavens above us, I asked him obliquely whether he thought his own life and future career might have rather better prospects if he was not encumbered with the burden of a disgraced father hovering in the background. “Don’t be a chump, Daddy,” he replied. “Even the Guardian can’t keep you in the doghouse for ever. You’ll find plenty to do. Besides, I need you.

This single statement from his son contributed to him not committing suicide and pressing forward to find out God’s will for his life. God can use your children to impart timely knowledge, understanding and wisdom into your life when you least expect it as highlighted in Psalm 8 v 2:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, Because of Your enemies, That You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

Points to Ponder

 
  1. God does not discriminate against who he relates to – young or old
  2. The kingdom of God belongs children so let us not hinder their opinions
  3. Let us learn to listen to understand and not listen to respond

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NEW: Insight for the Day 05:09:16: Case Law


falseDiscussion Points

  1. Have you ever been falsely accused?
  2. Have you ever made false accusations against anyone?
  3. How did it make you feel?

Case 05:09:2016

 

Death is not a topic that we all like to talk about but it will happen at God’s appointed time. It will be the day that we are all judged on how we have treated God’s people and an appraisal of our assignment on earth.

We are advised that every idle word spoken will be taken into account. Every time we have made false accusations and judgments; the role will be reversed as the Almighty God will become the Judge and Jury. This is highlighted in Romans 14 v 10-14:

But why do you judge your brother? Or why do you show contempt for your brother? For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. For it is written As I live, says the LORD, Every knee shall bow to Me, And every tongue shall confess to God. So then each of us shall give account of himself to God. Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather resolve this, not to put a stumbling block or a cause to fall in our brother’s way.

Let us learn to be encouragers and motivators in Christ through our conversation so that every word we speak can be reconciled to the Word of God

Points to Ponder

  1. Vengeance belongs to the Lord so commit everything unto the Lord
  2. Love and not Hate conquers all
  3. The peace that comes from God protects our hearts

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 01:09:16: Chief Protocol Officer


protocolDiscussion Points

  1. Do you belong to a small or large church in terms of the size of the congregation?
  2. What are you views on leaders in the church having body guards or protocol officers?
  3. Has access to your Pastor proven to be difficult or easy?

Case 01:09:2016

I was involved in a discussion about the level of security imposed by the so-called protocol officers in church, who can sometimes be more intimidating than the Secret Service.

“Surely”; one participant exclaimed – “God can look after his own”. Another echoed, “What are the angels for?”

My point of view is that one has to be careful about passing judgment on pastors who opt for this approach. A lot of time should not be spent discussing this, as there are weightier matters in the church that deserve attention, such as the salvation of souls and the propagation of the gospel to a global market.

On the flip side though, there could be occasions when these protocol officers can hinder the operations of God. “Book an appointment”“The reception is only for pastors”; “Are you a pastor?” are typical responses by the officers as they seek to restrict access to the man of God. We have to remember that in the eyes of God we are one, and God can use anyone regardless of their title in His wide sphere of operations; which may include getting a message to the man of God.

One of the dangers of not discerning the potential move of God and causing restrictions is highlighted in Numbers 11 verses 26 – 30:

However, two men, whose names were Eldad and Medad, had remained in the camp. They were listed among the elders, but did not go out to the Tent. Yet the Spirit also rested on them, and they prophesied in the camp. A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp. 

A young man ran and told Moses, “Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp.” Joshua son of Nun, who had been Moses’ aide since youth, spoke up and said, “Moses, my lord, stop them!” But Moses replied, “Are you jealous for my sake? I wish that all the LORD’s people were prophets and that the LORD would put his Spirit on them!” Then Moses and the elders of Israel returned to the camp.

We need to discern when God is moving and how He moves, so we do not pose a hindrance. Remember, God used a donkey!

Points to Ponder

  1. Our ultimate trust and protection is in God and not Man
  2. God’s ways are not our ways so he can decide on what methods he uses to accomplish his objectives
  3. The Holy Spirit gives us discernment on what is of God

©Insight for the Day 2016

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NEW: Insight for the Day 26:08:16: Child of Innocence


innocenceDiscussion Points

  1. Do you have a good relationship with your children?
  2. If yes; what have been the key factor?
  3. If no; what have been the hindering factors

Case 26:08:2016

One cannot underestimate the level of damage that the break down between Parents and their Children has caused in the present day society. We ask ourselves; what has happened to respect for elders or the innocence associated with children. Children as young as 13 are given birth to babies. In the US, children can “divorce” their parents. Gangs of teenagers pose more threat than the US marines!

This is also not helped by the ‘immunity’ children get from the government; some which are helpful, others which are detrimental. I ask myself, if a child has killed an adult and you claim that the name of the child has to be with-held to protect the child; then who protects the adult?

As I pondered about these scenarios – I asked myself the question:

“What has caused this breakdown?”

In my humble opinion I feel that one of the factors is parents not taking the time to understand their children. Most of us were brought up in the era where a child was ‘only seen’ and ‘not heard’. This can result in a lot of frustration in a child as all forms of expressional outlets are blocked.

The Bible in Luke 2 v 48 – 50 and Luke 8 v 20 – 21 highlights the importance of listening to our children and pondering over what they have said before we react. It stresses the need for us to try to understand our children and where they are coming from:

When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you.” “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” But they did not understand what he was saying to them. Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. Someone told him, “Your mother and brothers are standing outside, wanting to see you.” He replied, “My mother and brothers are those who hear God’s word and put it into practice.”

Be Honest – what will be your first reaction if your child responded to your questions in this manner? Will you ponder for a greater understanding or will you blunder for a lack of understanding?

Points to Ponder

  1. Love conquer all and never fails
  2. Humility is the first step to understanding people
  3. Children are a heritage from God so we need to treat as a precious gift

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