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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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April 8, 2011 - A Transformed Heart

By Gary Rogers

Conversion represents a transformation so drastic that the previous descriptive words of a life no longer are relevant.

My dad accepted Jesus as his Lord and Savior when I was 22 years old. Prior to his conversion, Dad was a hard, rough, rebellious, foul-mouthed, angry sinner. He hated church and didn’t want anything to do with Christians. As a young man he had a terrible experience in church and was determined to have nothing to do with God or church again.

Dad was not pleased that I attended church with my mother. My desire to seek after God made him angry. I soon became the target of his frustration. Whenever I did anything wrong or said anything improper, I soon heard, “Look at you, and you claim to be a Christian!”

But Dad’s conversion was genuine. He truly established Jesus as Lord of his life. The words that described his heart before conversion were no longer applicable. His heart went from rough, hard, rebellious and hate-filled to tender, kind, submissive and loving. What a transformation God did on my dad.

Once saved, Dad loved to take friends fishing. In the middle of the lake, sitting in his bass boat, he would tell them what Jesus did for him. It was hard for them to ignore him and there was no escape. After accepting Jesus as his Savior, Dad believed everyone needed to have the same life change. His heart became so tender that just the mention of Jesus’ name brought tears to his eyes. Now some 33 years later, Dad is still living for and loving Jesus.

Salvation is to be going in one direction and then to turn and go the other way. Without Jesus, we are motivated by our own selfish desire. With Jesus, we become a new creation and desire to please the Master of our soul. The words that once described us are no longer relevant after salvation. What a difference Jesus makes!

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



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