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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 20, 2011 - Renewal Resources

By William E. Richardson

“But as for you, continue in what you have learned” (2 Timothy 3:14, NIV).

Why do beauty salons offer “perms”? Every permanent is actually only temporary. No matter how long it lasts, a person has to return to the salon to redo her ‘do.

Other things don’t last. You may feel full after a big meal, but you have to return to the table later for a refill. Top off your vehicle gas tank today; you’ll be back at the pump in few more days. Nothing, it seems, is permanent. You may even outlive something that comes with a lifetime guarantee.

The need to renew also applies to Christianity. We become Christians by praying for forgiveness. However, we continue a journey of renewal. We shouldn’t stop reading the Bible because we’ve read it once from cover to cover. We maintain habits to stay renewed with God. We use “renewal” resources.

Church attendance is a renewable and renewing resource. We keep attending to renew our spirits. This is partly due to the non-Jesus world around us. It’s like rinsing the dirt and grime off the tires of your vehicle every week.

We also attend church because we need the encouragement. It comes through the inspiring words from others who insist on living like Jesus taught and through messages from God’s Word. We keep meeting in a house of worship with like-minded Christians to renew our spirits (Hebrews 10:25).

Bible reading is a renewable and renewing resource. We keep reading to renew our minds. Our thoughts can roam, wandering into dangerous locations. Reading the Bible keeps us on track (Psalm 119:105).

We may read excellent books full of man’s words, but they don’t renew us like discovering and applying God’s Word week after week. We need to keep renewing the spirit of our minds (Ephesians 4:23).

Serving our Lord is a journey of constant renewal. It begins with a new heart. It continues through renewing our spirits and minds.

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




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