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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 26, 2011 - Broken Ranks

By Scott McChrystal

“The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons” (1 Timothy 4:1, NIV).

Unfortunately, military history contains instances where some have “broken ranks” and joined the enemy. Whatever the reasons, the outcomes for those who disobeyed have met with disaster most of the time.

One such incident occurred on April 28, 1779, when crewmembers of His Majesty’s Ship Bounty mutinied against Lieutenant William Bligh, the ship’s captain. Of the 42 members of the British Navy aboard the vessel, 18 of them joined Fletcher Christian, leader of the mutiny. But for those who broke ranks, most died prematurely through violent death, some by hanging.

Sadly, history also records that some soldiers in God’s army have also “broken ranks” with God. Some will even do so in the future.

Be smart. Don’t be deceived by the enemy of your soul. Stay in God’s camp. If you have “broken ranks,” confess your sin to your Heavenly Commander, receive His forgiveness, and spend eternity in His presence.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from “Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 1.”



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