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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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September 22, 2011 - Two Choices

By Patrick J. Donadio

“They said therefore unto him, What sign showest thou then, that we may see, and believe thee? What dost thou work? Our fathers did eat manna in the desert; as it is written, He gave them bread from heaven to eat. Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Moses gave you not that bread from heaven; but my Father giveth you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he which cometh down from heaven, and giveth life unto the world” (John 6:30-33, KJV).

The manna that came down from heaven in the wilderness to deliver the Israelites from starvation was a symbol of the provision that Jesus made on the cross to deliver the world from spiritual starvation.

The Israelites were starving physically, and they knew it! Much of the world is starving spiritually today and don’t know it. God provided for the Israelites, but the menu offered only one selection and He called it manna. They had two possible choices — eat the manna or starve.

God has provided a solution for the spiritual starvation of the world, but again we have only two choices. Accept Jesus and live, or reject Him and die. This statement would throw many people into a panic and raise much indignation, but the apostle Peter believed it and said so. “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).

The Israelites’ physical situation and our spiritual situation are identical. They were in a wilderness where they could not grow, buy or manufacture food. Their only hope was in God’s help.

Spiritual mankind is on a downward course to destruction and cannot buy, build or manufacture that which would reverse that direction, (although generally mankind likes to think they can do whatever is needed.)

Much of the opposition to the gospel is directed at Jesus as “The Way, the Truth and the Life.” Many who are promoting the world church idea will concede that Jesus is “a way,” but claim there are many other ways and they would prefer to make their own choice. The Word of God does not teach that!

Isaiah prophesied long ago that this very characteristic of mankind was the big problem. “All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way” (Isaiah 53:6). We must turn from our own way and turn to God’s way if we are to be saved.

— Chaplain Patrick J. Donadio serves the graduate and professional students of Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.




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