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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 10, 2011 - He Won Our Battle

By Patrick J. Donadio

It was in a garden that our ancestors lost a battle with temptation; they were evicted from Eden and could no longer enjoy unhindered fellowship with God.

It was in a garden that Jesus won a battle with temptation over the coming sufferings in which He became a sin offering and restored the privileges lost in Eden.

The Gospel writers do not give details about the contents of the “cup” Jesus struggled to accept. But Luke added that Jesus was in such agony at the sight of it that “His sweat became like great drops of blood falling down to the ground” (Luke 22:44, NKJV).

It is also revealed to us that Jesus wanted the company of His disciples during this time of great agony and He asked them to stand by and watch and pray. He wanted their support, but it was not to be. When He returned to them, they were asleep. It had been written, “Reproach has broken my heart, and I am full of heaviness; I looked for someone to take pity, but there was none; and for comforters, but I found none” (Psalm 69:20).

Jesus fought the battle alone and won so that we do not have to fight our battles alone. He promises us: “Lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20).

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



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