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  • July 11, 2014 - Reflections

    By Jean S. Horner
    The other day while walking down a corridor in a public building, I saw what appeared to be someone walking toward me. On coming closer, I found it was my own reflection in a huge mirror. For a moment it frightened me. Somehow a full-length reflection of one’s self is a startling thing. ...


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March 8, 2010 - Encouragers or Firefighters?

By Danny Cheney

Are you an encourager or a firefighter?

“Are you going to do this with me, Dad?” our son asked, several years ago, about becoming a rock climber.

I replied that it would take a lot of training in order to prepare ourselves for that type of adventure.

“Well, wake me up at 5 every morning, and we will start exercising.”

I then replied, “In our neck of the woods there aren’t any places to climb rocks. The only hills we have are overpasses.”

“Well, I am going to do it anyway,” was his reply.

I finally concluded the conversation by saying that we would find a place around here that we could do some rock climbing.

The dreams of a 10-year-old boy cannot be easily squelched. All it took was the viewing of a movie about rock climbing to spark his interest in the sport. A dream was planted in his heart. A dream that had him pretending that our backyard oak tree was the Citadel in the Swiss Alps. The dream took precedence over logic, but isn’t that what dreaming is all about?

All too often people let their dreams die because no one will encourage them but rather will put out their fire. Many people never try anything for God because someone told them that they couldn’t do it. What dream have you laid down?

What we need in the body of Christ are encouragers, not firefighters. People who will fan the flames of the dreamer and encourage them to go for it. People need to hear us telling them to dream of being all they can be for Christ.

Firefighters are usually those who have no dreams or have let their dreams die. An encourager is someone who believes that anything can be accomplished. Some churches are not flourishing today because the fire has long been put out. Dreamers are cast aside as crazy. Dreamers intimidate those who cower at the obstacles. But dreamers only need an encourager to accomplish their task.

It was said of Barnabas, “When he came and had seen the grace of God, he was glad, and encouraged them all that with purpose of heart they should continue with the Lord” (Acts 11:23, NKJV).

Could it be that some are not following the Lord today because their God-given dreams were not encouraged? Parents, encourage your children to dream big. Christians, encourage fellow believers to pursue the things that God has laid on their hearts even if it seems impossible to you.

— Danny and Sonya Cheney pastor Rogers First Assembly in Rogers, Ark.



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