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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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Jan. 6, 2011 - Unconquered

By Gary Rogers

Romans 8:35-37 tells us neither tribulation, distress, persecution, famine, nakedness nor peril can defeat us. We are conquerors!

In 1875 William Ernest Henley wrote a poem entitled “Invictus,” Latin for “unconquered.” At the age of 25 Henley suffered the amputation of one of his legs due to tuberculosis. He wrote the poem from his hospital bed. One of the most well known lines in the poem states, “It matters not how strait the gate, how charged with punishments the scroll. I am the master of my fate: I am the captain of my soul.”

I love the positive attitude of Henley’s writing, but are we the masters of our fate and the captains of our souls? I believe we should live unconquered! I don’t believe sickness, financial difficulties, stress or life’s disasters should destroy us. But is my victory based on my grit, my determination, my resolve, my fortitude and my personal ability to endure? Having a strong will and the ability to not be easily discouraged are great traits, but are those personal qualities enough to move you from a devastating divorce, the pit of depression, and the isolation of a personal failure? Hard-headedness and a strong countenance do not give peace, joy or hope.

Could there be more to being unconquered than just surviving? Is there more to life than being the last one standing? Through Christ who loves us we gain more than just survival of the fittest. Through Christ we are more than conquerors. Christ gives us more than survival techniques. In Him we discover how to laugh again, how to love again, and how to truly live again. In Jesus we have the anticipation that things are about to get better. As “more than conquerors” in Christ, we see life transformed from hanging on and surviving to being full and complete and rewarding.

Life is full and complete when you make the Lord the Master of your fate and the Captain of your soul!

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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