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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 15, 2010 - The Watchmaker

By Patrick J. Donadio

No matter how dark our circumstances may seem, we must always remember God has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. God has given many promises to His children through His Word. Be assured, God will not break His vow.

I had the privilege to witness to a man who expressed to me that he was an atheist and was certain there was no God. Often he would tell me that good guys finish last. I mentioned to him a simple illustration.

I said, “George, what would an aboriginal inhabitant say if he was walking through the fields of Australia and found a diamond-studded Rolex watch? This person had never seen or experienced anything that was modern. As he was walking through the grass, he just saw something sparkling, picked it up and found it to be the watch. When he looked at this timepiece for the very first time, would he say that the watch had formed by chance? That over millions of years, gold was somehow released from its ore, the elements somehow pounded it in such a way that it made all the intricate parts form perfectly, then an earthquake came and shook the parts together and, after millions of years, these circumstances created a timepiece? The aboriginal inhabitant would have to come to a conclusion that it either happened that way or that somewhere there was a Watchmaker.”

Our bodies function with much greater complexity than any watch. Without any exaggeration, I spoke at least twice a week to this entrepreneur, George, trying to convince him of the reality of the Creator and his need for the Savior.

A few months ago, I received a phone call from George Jr., my friend’s son. He was in a Seattle hospital standing next to his dad who was on his deathbed. George Jr. told me that his father was dying but that he accepted the Jesus as his Savior. I asked George Jr. to hand the phone to his father, but George Jr. said his dad was unconscious. I was insistent to speak to George Sr. and asked George Jr. to put the phone next to his father’s ear.

At that moment, George Sr. came out of the coma fully alert, took the phone in his hand and with clarity and a strong voice said, “Pastor, I personally just met the Watchmaker, and I accepted Him as my Lord and Savior.”

I can’t express the joy that overflowed in my soul. I sensed the peace and excitement in the voice of my friend. His voice was strong and steadfast. Within one hour of our conversation, he passed from this life to be with his Friend, the Watchmaker. Once again, I experienced the power of the Nazarene. This same Christ can be present in your life.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of men” (John 1:1-4, NIV).

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.



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