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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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June 3, 2010 - The Choice

By Ron Johnson

Life is made up of choices. The choices we make today affect our lives tomorrow. Some of our choices have eternal consequences.

Sin entered the human race when Adam and Eve made a choice to reject God’s Word and follow the temptation of Satan. We have followed their example. Instead of accepting what God says in His Word, we want to decide for ourselves what is good and what is evil.

Jesus’ own generation could watch and listen to the Son of God as He preached the Word, healed the sick and raised the dead. Yet, even with this great witness, they turned their backs on Him and rejected Him as the Messiah. When presented with the choice of Jesus or a criminal to crucify, they cried out, “Give us Barabbas.”

Pilate and the crowd were privileged to look upon the Son of God in the flesh. Faced with the ultimate choice, they individually and collectively failed the test. The crowd made their choice in favor of Barabbas. Pilate made his choice when he bowed before the wishes of the mob and failed to do what was right in clearing and releasing an innocent Man.

Whom do we choose? Will we choose Barabbas or Christ? Will we accept or reject God’s Son? When we encounter the truth of Jesus, we are forever changed. When we are confronted with the gospel, we must make a decision. We must accept or reject God’s offer of salvation. It is at this point that some attempt to skirt around the issue and make no decision or postpone it until a later time. However, this in itself is a decision.

God’s Holy Spirit calls us to salvation. His gentle invitation is echoed throughout Scripture. “See, I have set before thee this day life and good, and death and evil ... I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:15,19, KJV).

The promise and inheritance of God lies before us as the Promised Land of old. Will we heed the call and obey God’s voice, or will we turn away and deny ourselves entrance into paradise? I hope that you have made the right choice already. If not, will you consider that choice today?

“Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me” (Revelation 3:20).

— Ron Johnson ministers at Gospel Publishing House at the Assemblies of God headquarters in Springfield, Mo., and attends Central Assembly of God.



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