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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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March 8, 2011 - Preserving the Harvest

By Beatrice Northcutt

“Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few; pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest” (Matthew 9:37,38, KJV).

Everywhere Jesus went He was busy healing the sick, raising the dead and teaching the people God’s laws by showing them compassion and love. He hardly had time to rest or eat, because multitudes pressed upon Him from every side. Verse 36 tells us as He looked upon the people He was “moved with compassion on them, because they fainted, and were scattered abroad, as sheep having no shepherd.”

What a true picture of our world today! People are rushing about every day, hurrying to get to their job or meet some deadline. Others are crammed into bars or clubs, searching for the answer to the loneliness and the empty feeling in their hearts. No one meets their need, so they drink or take drugs to make the ache go away for a while. Young people watch their parents caught up in the fast pace and are left to figure out life’s most important problems on their own without proper love or guidance.

I used to see the harvest Jesus described like a mature harvest ready to be brought in — like cotton, corn or wheat — and I could picture the ripe harvest falling on the ground rotting. But God showed me a different picture, a picture of fresh, young stalks in fields left without care with weeds choking out the life until there was nothing to harvest!

We truly have a world that needs laborers in the harvest now. Lives young and old need the tender care of love, concern and nourishment so that there is a harvest to bring in. Unless the seed is planted, watered, weeded and cared for as it’s growing, the weeds and parched earth will choke out the harvest, and there will be nothing to harvest. Today our crops are being wasted before they can come to harvest!

Will we as the Church put away our “holier than thou” attitude and walk among the masses to guard them from the blight that steals away the harvest? Will we be the salt and light in a darkened world to produce a crop that gives good measure?

God needs laborers now. Are we willing to work before God’s crop perishes in the field?

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kan.



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