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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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Aug. 16, 2010 - A Voice in the Crowd

By William E. Richardson

“The sheep recognize his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out” (John 10:3, The Message).

Two young brothers were talking. The youngest asked what the Bible meant when Jesus said His sheep hear His voice. The older sibling answered, “I don’t know much about sheep, but I do know about baseball.

“I heard the pastor explain that verse. In baseball, it’s like when you’re up to bat, or when you’re covering a base. A lot of people call out things to you. Other team members holler things from the dugout. Sometimes, other kids’ dads and moms yell from the stands what they think you should do. But only one voice really counts.

“No matter how many things you hear, whatever the coach calls to you is the thing to do. If you listen and obey a voice besides the coach’s, you might make the wrong play. That’s what I think the verse means.”

I know a couple who raised sheep. According to them, amid a din of distractions, including other voices, sheep distinguish the voice of their owner and follow it.

Every day, we see and hear thousands of messages competing for our attention. Television, radio, Internet, newspapers, magazines, billboards and live voices all around us call to us. So does God, in a way only He can.

The prophet Elijah had to distinguish God’s voice among other sounds. He heard the forceful wind. He heard the rumbling earthquake. He heard the crackling fire. When God spoke, His voice wasn’t the loudest sound, but Elijah recognized and obeyed it (1 Kings 19:11,12).

Do we listen constantly for the coach’s call? Do we discern the voice of the Good Shepherd? Amid all the other voices, it pays to keep our ears tuned to and prefer His voice and to keep ourselves poised to perform what He tells us.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and author of the “God’s Billboards” newsletter.



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