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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. 12, 2011 - The Family Tree

By Jerry Scott

While I researched my family lineage, family lore took on specific names, and I was able to trace, through my paternal grandmother, a line all the way back to Cornelius Van Wyck of 17th-century New Amsterdam (now called New York City). I found another man in the same line, Cornelius Wiltse, who was a Revolutionary War patriot. It was all quite interesting. It stirred my curiosity, and I will most likely spend more time researching.

The part of my heritage I value most, however, is not one that leads to colonial America or patriots. I am a son of God! Quite the boast, you say? Not at all.

“[Jesus] came into the very world he created, but the world didn’t recognize him. He came to his own people, and even they rejected him. But to all who believed him and accepted him, he gave the right to become children of God. They are reborn — not with a physical birth resulting from human passion or plan, but a birth that comes from God” (John 1:10-13, NLT).

My ultimate connection, the best rights and inheritance, come from my Father in heaven! God’s Word promises me a rich inheritance.

“All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. It is by his great mercy that we have been born again, because God raised Jesus Christ from the dead. Now we live with great expectation, and we have a priceless inheritance — an inheritance that is kept in heaven for you, pure and undefiled, beyond the reach of change and decay” (1 Peter 1:3,4).

You can share in that inheritance too. It’s not limited by DNA. The Holy Spirit will write His life and character into the heart and soul of everyone who receives the promise by faith. Have you accepted Christ Jesus as Lord? Have you acknowledged your need of adoption into the family of God? I have, and I’m so glad, so secure, so at rest in the Father’s provision.

Receive the gift today, won’t you?

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.



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