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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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July 2, 2010 - Marching Orders

By Greg Ebie

I have never served in the military. Those I know who have served all share one thing in common: discipline. Their bodies are disciplined to be not just physically fit, but strong and ready to endure any challenge. Their minds are disciplined to follow orders without question or hesitation. Their spirits (or emotions) are disciplined to know that they belong to a fraternity of soldiers who depend upon each other. Together, the body, mind and spirit will persevere and not give up until the mission is complete.

“Keep your eyes open, hold tight to your convictions, give it all you’ve got, be resolute, and love without stopping” (1 Corinthians 16:13,14, The Message).

These are our marching orders. No excuses allowed. Paul admonishes us to be disciplined like a soldier and obey orders.

1. Be alert. “Keep your eyes open.” The enemy seeks to destroy us, so don’t be careless in how you live. Be on guard against temptation so you don’t fall into the trap of sin.

2. Be faithful. “Hold tight to your convictions.” Guard your heart against the enemies of doubt and fear by continually exercising your faith. Only as we remain full of faith will we please God. Hold fast to an unwavering confidence in God.

3. Be strong. “Give it all you’ve got.” Our strength is not found in ourselves but comes from God. Therefore let us be full of His Spirit and power to overcome our adversary.

4. Be dedicated. “Be resolute.” “Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes” (Ephesians 6:11, NIV).

5. Be full of love. “Love without stopping.” Do not think only of yourself. Instead, let love overflow in everything you do. Keep your eyes attuned to fellow believers lest they stray off the narrow path of salvation. Lovingly restore them when you see them struggling. Love God and your fellowman with every word and deed.

I must confess that I sometimes fail to obey orders. Can you imagine the difference it would make in our families, our churches and our communities if we just followed our marching orders? Let’s be disciplined! What do you think?

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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