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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. 27, 2010 - Orders Acknowledged

By Patrick J. Donadio

I was involved in a number of missions conventions recently. In one of the services, I preached about our “Great Commission.” Sometimes we overlook the fact that when Jesus said, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15, KJV), He was not making a request nor giving a suggestion but a stating a divine command.

Many times, I have had the privilege to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington, D.C. Of course, the weather was pleasant and hundreds of people gathered around to view the changing of the guard. Let me remind you that this procedure takes place every hour on the hour, 24 hours a day.

Last winter, Washington experienced severe weather. Our capital was literally shut down. One reporter commented how strange he felt not seeing one single car drive down Pennsylvania Avenue due to the snow and ice on the roads. Our president was “trapped” in the White House.

When I heard of those conditions, I thought about the guards at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Think about it with me. The temperatures hovered around zero, yet the changing of the guard never varied. The soldier on duty walked up and down the path in front of the tomb, stopped at the head of the tomb as his relief approached being escorted by the Officer of the Day. The guard on duty snapped to attention and looked into the eyes of his relief and said, “Orders remain steadfast and unchanged.” The relief guard simply replied, “Orders acknowledged” and assumed his post.

That exercise takes place every hour, every day of the year.

Why am I telling you this? Let’s go back some 2,000 years. Jesus Christ gave the Church His orders. Those orders remain steadfast and unchanged. We, as God’s people, must reply, “Orders acknowledged.”

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



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