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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 29, 2011 - No Longer Estranged

By Gary Rogers

The word “estrange” means to turn a person from an affectionate or friendly attitude to an indifferent, unfriendly or hostile one. Estrange means to alienate affections for another person. Estrange literally means to keep apart or away from another.

One of the most devastating things I’ve witnessed is a family going through divorce. Divorce brings such destruction. Husband and wife go from affectionate love to hostility and, many times, hatred. Mommies and daddies and little boys and girls are estranged from one another, literally torn apart from one another.

“God does not take away life; instead, he devises ways so that a banished person may not remain estranged from him” (2 Samuel 14:14, NIV).

I love the message of this verse. God does not take away life. His plan is to give life in abundance. Our God devises ways to draw back to himself those who have removed themselves from Him. A spiritually banished person is someone filled with guilt and regret for mistakes made. In our mistakes, the enemy of our souls devises ways to intensify our guilt and condemnation so we feel so far from God that it seems there is no way back.

God devises ways for the banished to not remain estranged from Him. God sent Jesus. Jesus came and died. Jesus paid the price in full for every sin. Today the Holy Spirit reaches out in a variety of ways to bring the banished back. It may be through a preacher and a message. It may be a song on the radio. It may be a conversation overheard in an elevator. It may be a coworker, a neighbor, family member or a friend with the right words said at the right time. It may be a still, small voice heard deep within. Whatever the encounter, it is God devising a way so that a banished person does not remain estranged from Him.

I love the mercy of God! How great it is to know the extent of God’s desire to bring us back to himself. Don’t allow a mistake to keep you away from the forgiveness of God.

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

 

 

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