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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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October 7, 2011 - Camouflage

By William E. Richardson

My eyes sprang open. I sat up in bed. Was that thud a door closing downstairs? Was there a burglar in our house?

I slipped into my house-shoes, slid through the bedroom door, eased my way down the hall and crept down the stairs in the dark. Our family cat followed.

At the bottom of the stairs, I realized I had nothing in my hand to defend myself. The cat stopped beside her food dish, purring. I wished we had a dog.

Cautiously, I pushed open every door, turning on light switches as I went. The door leading outside was locked. I completed the search, leaving no corner unchecked.

Retracing my steps up the stairs, I scratched my head at the mystery. I passed my children’s rooms. A voice came from one of them. My daughter called, “Dad, if you were wondering, that was my Bible falling to the floor.”

I fell back to sleep thinking about camouflage. It can cause us to interpret things differently than they really are. The result? We worry. We fear.

The sound of a book falling to the floor resembles a downstairs door shutting. Camouflage. Pain in a part of your body where someone you know had cancer may scare you. Camouflage. It’s one of Satan's biggest mind games.

How can we resist camouflage? We can refuse to panic. We can determine as soon as a situation occurs, to ask God for clear thinking. We can recall parts of God’s Word to help us see beyond the trickery.

“The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes” (Psalm 19:8, KJV).

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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