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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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May 4, 2011 - Celebrate Life

By Dorothy Rugg

As we have recently celebrated the Resurrection anew, may we ever remember what Christ did for each one of us on the cross. Through Christ’s shed blood, death and resurrection, each one of us can receive justification when we accept Christ into our hearts. We are justified, just as if we never sinned, as Christ’s blood is applied to our lives and we are free indeed.

I want to call your attention to Luke 24:4-6 (NASB): “While they were perplexed about this, behold, two men suddenly stood near them in dazzling clothing; and as the women were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground, the men said to them, ‘Why do you seek the living One among the dead? He is not here, but He has risen.’”

Praise God for those wonderful words! What hope we have through these verses! All too often that is what we still are doing today — seeking the living among the dead. We run to things that cause our spirits to die within us. We look everywhere to fill that void we find in our lives, when really that void can only be filled when we surrender our lives to Jesus Christ.

We need to look forward, not backward! If you have accepted Christ as your Savior, then rejoice in what Christ has done for you. Do you realize that when Christ went to the cross He took all of your sin upon himself and won the victory for you? This verse is telling us, “Don’t go looking for the deadness in your life. Don’t go back to the old because in Christ you are a new creation.” (See 2 Corinthians 5:17-20.)

At the lowest point of our lives — when trials come, when your heart breaks, when things seem hard and it feels like you can’t make it — that is the time to rejoice and lift your head and shout, “The victory is found in Christ, our living, loving Savior! Christ is our Hope!”

And just as the Word proclaims, “He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus” (Philippians 1:6, NIV). Don’t go back to the dead things of your life. Instead, go forward in the victory that Christ has won for you.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.




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