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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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Dec. 3, 2010 - Final Exam

By Greg Ebie

Do you remember the last time you took a final exam? Perhaps you were in college, or maybe you haven’t taken a test since high school. Basically people respond to such tests in one of three ways.

1. Some don’t make a big deal of it; they go on with life as normal and don’t worry about the test. Most individuals like this probably fail the test; they certainly don’t do as well as they could.

2. Others know the test is coming but are busy doing other things. Then on the night before the test they “cram” as much as they can into their heads. This person doesn’t just want to pass the test; they want to do well. But their expectations are higher than their commitment to prepare.

3. Finally there are those who not only know the test is coming, but they work hard to prepare for the test. They take notes and ask questions when they don’t understand; they read assigned books and complete all assignments. Prior to the test they carefully review the material. Some will even participate in study groups. When they take the test, they’re prepared and have a good chance of excelling.

“Ezra had committed himself to studying the Revelation of God, to living it, and to teaching Israel to live its truths and ways” (Ezra 7:10, The Message).

Ezra understood that it wasn’t good enough to just read God’s Word. God’s Word required diligent study to understand its meaning and apply its truth to how one should live life day to day. It isn’t enough to just know facts about the Bible; God wants us to have a deep knowledge and personal commitment to His Word. The real test is whether we just read it or follow through and do it.

Someone described the Bible like this:


We will all one day stand before the Lord to give an account for our lives. This will be the ultimate “final exam.” When that time comes, will you be prepared?

— 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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