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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 22, 2010 - Capture That Thought

By Randy Mantik

Inevitably, with the arrival of spring, we have our first encounters with bears. Yes, the big, black, furry kind. The first sign we have is typically when one knocks down our bird feeders.

One evening while Debbie was in the living room, a juvenile bear leaned up against the patio door to try to get at the bird feeder hanging on the house and in the process moved the screen. Debbie screamed, and he was gone in a flash (a rather black flash, but gone, nonetheless).

But he soon appeared again. Some friends of ours said that if we needed to, we could call the DNR and they would capture him and move him to another location.

Speaking of capture, at time there are thoughts we must capture. The apostle Paul says, “We take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ” (2 Corinthians 10:5, NIV).

Someone, in speaking of that passage, said we must capture the thoughts, hold them within the cell of our logic, and see how they measure up against Scripture. Problem is, at times our thoughts are kind of like our bear friend. Right now he looks kind of cute and tame, but there is no doubt of the danger he represents. Particularly, as he grows, he could cause even more danger as his strength increases.

That’s where Scripture helps us to evaluate those thoughts. It helps us to see that today it might only be greed. Tomorrow, though, it may be theft. Today, it may be lust. Tomorrow, it might be adultery. Today, it might be only a glint of bitterness. Tomorrow, though, it could turn out to be hatred that could break the best of friendships.

Sin never stays the same size. We must get rid of it now. Let the Spirit speak to you about your life today. Ask God, as the Psalmist did, “Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting” (Psalm 139:23,24).

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



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