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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 25, 2011 - Can I Help You?

By Scott Harrup

Ever been in a bind, needed help, but been too embarrassed or proud to ask for it?

Guys can do that with a lot of little things. Fail to ask for directions. Insist we can carry a box up three flights of stairs alone. Forego an instruction manual on some DIY project. As a guy, I admit to all three on occasion.

I can’t speak with any real authority, but I suspect that women — particularly those who point a finger at the belligerent self-reliance of men — have a string of issues they believe they must handle alone.

And kids? We all remember those times growing up when we practically hollered, “Dad/Mom, I can do this all by myself!”

Austin and I have been reading in Psalms together in the morning, and if there’s one theme that constantly jumps out of those ancient hymns, it’s God’s desire to intervene in our circumstances and offer a divine helping hand.

But with those promises, a desperate acknowledgment of need also comes through loud and clear. The Psalms list overwhelming problems, outline how impossible it is to solve them in human strength, then point to God as the ultimate source of rescue and restoration.

So, as I survey the challenges large and small around me today, I’m trying to step back and listen for the Holy Spirit’s quiet guidance. And as He whispers Can I help you? I’m offering up quick and steady prayers of “Yes, absolutely!”

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (




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