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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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Jan. 14, 2010 - Life Is a Puzzle

By Randy Mantik

Some members of my family just love putting puzzles together. They will sit for hours, staring at the pieces, looking for the way that the sky goes together, or that the flower fits in with the stem. I can’t do it, but they love it! Sometime, I’d like to really mess them up and hide a bunch of pieces.

Maybe you feel today like you’re a 1000-piece puzzle with a number of pieces missing. Maybe you can’t find that one piece you’ve been spending a lot of time looking for. All of us feel that way at times.

You see, no matter how “perfect” your life has been, no matter how loving and nurturing your family background, you have pieces missing. Everyone functions from somewhat of a deficit thanks to our fallen human nature. However, the Word of God helps us to make the pieces of our lives fit.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16,17, NIV).

We may feel like we’re ill equipped to put all the pieces of our life together. Truth be told, we are. However, the Living Word desires to use the written Word to make up for whatever is lacking in our lives. The Word helps us reformulate our misconceptions (“myth” conceptions) and puts in the missing pieces. The Word also gives us a framework to understand what we are learning.

Life is a puzzle. Sometimes the box is shaken up more. Some try to put the puzzle away with only some of the pieces together, ignoring the problem. No one can hide their weaknesses for long. We each have to put life all together, piece by piece. Life is a puzzle, but Jesus helps to put the pieces in order. When everyone seemed to be deserting Jesus, Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life” (John 6:68).

Peter recognized what we must also. Without Jesus, we are never going to be able to put this thing called life together. With Him, we can. Life is a puzzle. But Jesus has given us His Word and His community of faith to help us put the pieces together.

— Randy Mantik is lead pastor at CrossPoint AG in Portage, Wis.



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