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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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Nov. 25, 2010 - Many Thanks

By Scott Harrup

I was talking with some friends about the financial “surprises” our family has faced this month. Both of the vehicles my wife and I drive to work decided to show their age with major repairs. Just this week our daughter had a car accident (noninjury and a fender-bender, thank the Lord). We’ll have to wait until we can find the funds to repair that damage.

Such headaches are not fun, but they also present opportunities to reflect on the host of blessings our family enjoys. During a recent trip to Milwaukee, I listened to the ministry team at City on a Hill describe their service to the poor. It was a personal wake-up call. Forget about the financial strain of car repair; if I have two cars, I’m blessed. Not to mention, a home, a variety of clothes to wear, food enough for my entire family every day, health insurance, and a list of conveniences I won’t add here. I’m living a privileged life beyond the reach of more than 90 percent of the world’s population.

But the greatest blessing of all is one that impacts my life today, as well as my eternal life. God’s gift of salvation through the sacrifice of His Son makes it possible for me to relate to Him as my loving Heavenly Father. He’s invited me into His family, and He promises to care for me as His child.

Perhaps this Thanksgiving finds you in the middle of a crisis or crises. Focus on the redemptive love God offers you through Christ. If you have accepted that gift, you have the privilege of committing your every need to your Heavenly Father.

If this is a time of abundance and peace in your home, look for a way to connect with a hurting person or family. Share from the bounty you are enjoying. Every sacrifice you make in behalf of someone in need will only multiply your own joy.

“Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19,20, NIV).

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



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