The challenges of a new era require our speaking new language. A new culture with a new language has developed all around us in recent years leaving many of us unable to function profitably and threatening more incapabilities and fear of the future. That culture is the culture of technology. It affects us in every arena of life. People of God will learn the language of technology and not only profit from it as we go into the future but will be able to be successful in the purposes of God in that mission field.
We can do far more now with more results. In this year we can do what we could not do 100 years ago, even 50 years ago. We ministered to the Attorney General in another country while he was in the reception area of his president’s office waiting for his appointment. We spoke with him over the phone connection of a laptop computer.
Recently we received the annual report from our server for our blog page (martygabler.com. In 2012, 60 countries visited our blog page but in 2013, 78 countries visited our blog page. We receive regular hits from several Middle East countries including Israel. Just in the last few days there were visits from Mozambique, Serbia, Mexico, Argentina, Czech Republic, Italy, France, Germany, Philippines, Bermuda, Costa Rica, Colombia, Australia, Egypt and Democratic Republic of the Congo. The list for the last 30 days is much longer. Some of those people have left comments on the blog page in broken and misspelled English thanking us for the truths we post, telling us what it has meant to them and asking us to please continue. Yes, the Kingdom is even advancing technologically.
Face Book has brought us back into contact with family members, old friends and neighbors of mine and Kathy’s that we haven’t seen or heard from in many years. By means of that bridge we are, once again, able to speak into their lives. People that we pastored in the ‘70’s and ‘80’s have contacted us and those contacts have served to bridge other gaps of relationships that faded away over time. But those threads in the fabric of the advancing Kingdom have been rejoined for more effectiveness.
(No. 3-5 of up-to-date advancements will be posted Wednesday.)
(This is the sixth excerpt from “Advancing With The Kingdom” written by Marty Gabler in SEEC Magazine Volume 18 Issue 2. Excerpts are posted on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.)
For the sons of Issachar, the future was not something that was feared but something that was approached with a degree of understanding. Getting knowledge and information now insures being able to “speak the language” of the future. Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 “Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you. 7 “The beginning of wisdom is: Acquire wisdom; And with all your acquiring, get understanding. (Prov 4:5-7) It has been said that we only fear what we do not understand and, may I add, what we cannot communicate with. That is why some people fear computers; they do not understand how computers communicate or how they are supposed to communicate with computers. Until understanding is arrived at by applying oneself to knowledge and applying it in wisdom, computers and other technologies of the future and remain foreign.