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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 16, 2011 - Scarecrow in a Melon Patch

By Jerry D. Scott

One organizing principle stands far above every other thing in my life: the will of my God. It is the standard by which I measure everything else. If you are following Christ, you are committed to the same standard.

That standard should affect everything in life. We choose to buy this, to say that, to go there, to stay here not as randomly as we might think. If our commitment to God’s will wavers, we will still serve something or someone. Whenever God is displaced in our lives, even temporarily, we’re in trouble.

Jeremiah preached about the choice of gods over God, sarcastically chastising his audience for their silly decision to serve idols.

“‘Do not learn the ways of the nations or be terrified by signs in the sky, though the nations are terrified by them. ... Like a scarecrow in a melon patch, their idols cannot speak; they must be carried because they cannot walk. Do not fear them; they can do no harm nor can they do any good.’?No one is like you, O Lord; you are great, and your name is mighty in power. Who should not revere you, O King of the nations? This is your due. Among all the wise men of the nations and in all their kingdoms, there is no one like you. They are all senseless and foolish; they are taught by worthless wooden idols. ... But the Lord is the true God; he is the living God, the eternal King.” (Jeremiah 10:2,5-8,10, NIV)

“These false gods,” God warns through Jeremiah, “are like scarecrows — can’t walk, can’t talk; can’t hurt, can’t help!”

Now you might be thinking, “Jerry, this doesn’t apply to me. I’m far beyond carving a god and carrying it around for good luck.”

Probably true, but have you made a god of Chase Bank or the U.S. government or your best friend or even yourself? False gods come in many forms. If your hope for the future relies on an increase in your net worth, your god is money! Whatever you’re organizing your life around, giving your best energies and resources to, and drawing your security from is your god.

A god of gold will make a worshipper of greed. A god of sensual pleasure will make a worshipper of gluttony or lust. A god of reputation will make a hypocrite obsessed with social conformity. The Lord of Glory, on the other hand, will make a worshipper who is filled with “love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control” (Galatians 5:22,23).

Who is your God? It’s an important question with consequence in this life and eternity.

“O Lord, you are my God; I will exalt you and praise your name, for in perfect faithfulness you have done marvelous things, things planned long ago. ... You have been a refuge for the poor, a refuge for the needy in his distress, a shelter from the storm and a shade from the heat” (Isaiah 25:1,4).

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



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