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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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April 6, 2010 - Lesson Learned

By Dorothy Rugg

“Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice” (Ephesians 4:31, NIV).

Recently, I have been driving back and forth from my parents’ home in western New York to the hospital in Buffalo to be with my sister, and then driving back to Pennsylvania where I live. Spending time in the car has given me a lot of time to pray, to listen to God’s Word on the CD player, to cry, to listen to praise music and sing along with it, and enjoy times of silence and listening for God’s voice.

On one of my trips back to my parents’ home after I had left the hospital, I began pouring my heart out to the Lord. I told Him how much I loved Him and how I wanted to serve Him no matter what the trials were. Then He brought to my remembrance someone who had hurt me badly, someone I still held some resentment and bitterness towards. I felt the Lord asking me if I would let go of that hurt and forgive this person even if I never crossed paths with this person again.

“God, don’t You remember the hurtful things that were said?” I prayed. “Don’t You remember how that person hurt my family? God, I have a right to this resentment. The other person was in the wrong.”

In an instant, I heard in my heart, “What about My Son? My Son was humiliated, ridiculed, mocked and rejected, and He did it all for you, Dorothy.”

I asked God to forgive me and help me not to hold onto bitterness and resentment anymore. I want Jesus to increase in me more and more. I want to line up my life with the Word of God. I want to be a disciple of Jesus, to follow hard after God.

“He was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed” (Isaiah 53:5).

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City Assembly of God.



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