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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. 23, 2010 - Diaries

By Scott Harrup

I began keeping a personal journal when our daughter, Lindsay, was born in February 1992. My output has become increasingly sporadic over the years. I don’t think I’ve managed a sentence in the latest volume since early spring.

Others have been much more successful at journaling. John Quincy Adams’ diary spanned nearly half a century. I have a volume of journal entries by London Times special correspondent William Russell, whose observations of Civil War-era America are fascinating.

Samuel Pepys’ 17th-century diary is familiar to most students of English literature. I remember reading his entries on the Great Fire of London when I took a class in high school. The useless factoid that stuck with me, however, was the unlikely pronunciation of his name — “Peeps.”

Though not in the form of diaries, the four Gospels have to be the greatest “life journals” ever written. Consider the task of the Gospel writers — somehow to capture the key events of the earthly life of God’s Son. What to include? What to exclude? Imagine excluding something said or done in your presence by God himself.

John, at the end of his Gospel, pretty much laid it on the line. “Jesus did many other things as well. If every one of them were written down, I suppose that even the whole world would not have room for the books that would be written” (21:25, NIV).

He wasn’t using hyperbole. John understood there was no way to fully capture the words and deeds of Jesus, because everything about Him connected with the infinite kingdom of God and had an immeasurable influence on humanity.

But John and the other Gospel authors had a divine writing Partner. The Holy Spirit inspired them to highlight those words and deeds of Christ that best prepare the reader for eternity.

All that remains for us is to read with eyes of faith.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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