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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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July 6, 2011 - Turning It All Around

By Gary Rogers

The Lord consistently takes negative circumstances and turns them around for good. Joseph was sold into slavery, accused of rape and thrown into prison, but he became a ruler in Egypt and saved his family during a time of famine. Moses was under a death threat as a baby and grew to be the deliverer of God’s people from bondage. Paul was beaten and thrown in prison, which provided the jailer an opportunity to be saved. Jesus suffered the torture of crucifixion, which gave the means by which He became the sacrifice for sin, then arose to conquer the grave.

The process is not something we naturally desire. Joseph didn’t enjoy slavery or being a convicted criminal. Moses’ separation from his family broke his parents’ hearts. Paul certainly would have preferred to avoid a physical beating. Jesus despised the cross, and endured the shame.

But in each case, the end result was a blessing. Joseph made decisions that preserved the heritage of Jesus Christ. Moses became a man who talked to God and received His Law. Paul reached the jailer and his family and began a church at Philippi. Jesus’ victory purchased our victory and now we have the promise of eternal life.

In May our church was hit by a tornado. We suffered a tremendous loss. It’s heartbreaking to walk through the church with the roof off and see debris everywhere. The classrooms upstairs have no ceiling and no roof. Insulation and ceiling tiles are scattered across the floor. Outside, the rock veneer is on the ground. The playground equipment is gone.

We can’t have church in the building we have called God’s house. It is a pretty negative circumstance. But God is about to take this to a place called good. We are in the process of getting a remodel. We are meeting in a local high school auditorium that seats 1,000. The auditorium is just a couple years old, has theater seats, and is a beautiful facility.

Now I wonder what God is going to do next. Good is on its way. Better is coming. A mighty move of God that begins in a high school auditorium that fills to capacity then moves to a remodeled church. It sounds pretty good to me.

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



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