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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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Feb. 21, 2011 - To Serve and Protect

By Jerry Scott

“The thin blue line” is a reference to police who form a boundary between lawless chaos and a safe, peaceful society. Though our law enforcement is not a perfect system, I am grateful to those men and women who keep the bad guys from taking over. While I am not always thrilled to see a police cruiser pull up behind my car, I know that ultimately it is the charge of that law officer to serve and protect.

Followers of Christ have a similar commission in this world, to work to counteract and restrain evil. Do you know this is your high and holy calling? Jesus describes the functional nature of our mission by calling us “salt” and “light” (Matthew 5:13,14).

In Jesus’ time, salt was much more than a flavoring of food. In that pre-refrigeration age, it was a critical preservative. Christians are to serve that function in the world today. Don’t just think of great movements involving millions of like-minded believers. Individually, we can have a noticeable effect, and we should!

We are also lights in this dark world. Our love for God and for each other should make the Way plain for others to follow into a relationship with the Savior.

Does your family know you as a person of prayer, a person of wisdom to whom they can turn for solid counsel, a person of compassion on whom they can lean during hard times? Do your daily decisions reveal a quality of life that compels those with whom you work to thank God for you? Isn’t that what Jesus means when He says, “You are the light of the world — like a city on a hilltop that cannot be hidden. … Let your good deeds shine out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father” (Matthew 5:14,16, NLT)?

It’s an honor to serve and protect! Just as police officers feel a justifiable sense of honor and privilege wearing their badge of public trust with a sense of obligation, so should we. We don’t have to announce our good works with trumpets. Indeed, Jesus forbade it. We just live to give, loving in big and small ways, asking the Spirit of God to work quietly and persistently through us to push back the influence of evil.

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



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