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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 31, 2011 - Power in Chains

By Bill Sparling

“I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven” (Matthew 18:19, NIV).

Many of us today are laboring under a technology overload. We are expected to read more, decipher more, process more and pass more on to others than we ever have in history. We used to carry notepads and pencils to keep track of things we needed to do, people we needed to call, and appointments we needed to keep. In today’s world, many people find themselves almost chained to cell phones, computers and other devices to “stay in touch” with what is going on in their lives. We hear electronic bells ringing in restaurants, airliners, trains, theaters — even in church.

But there is an upside to all of this technology; we can use it as a lifeline.

Just this morning, I received an urgent request for prayer for the husband of a dear friend I have known since high school. Frank has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is en route to the Mayo Clinic even as I type this. The request I received had been sent to six people asking for prayer. As soon as I read it, I copied and pasted it to a new message and fired it off to 35 people I know who will pray for Frank and forward it on to their praying friends and family.

Within five minutes, that request for prayer had reached a group of people who would pass the request on to friends, family and their own church prayer chains. Theoretically, within an hour or so, there could be hundreds if not thousands of prayer warriors all over the country and even the world praying for a man none of them knows.

The beauty of it all is that none of them has to know Frank; God knows who Frank is, where he is, and precisely what Frank needs. Best of all, God knows exactly what to do about it! If two of us agree concerning anything we ask, it will be done by our Father in heaven. How about thousands of people petitioning Almighty God on behalf of the same person at the same time?

Technology can be a blessing after all.

— Bill Sparling lives in Sequim, Wash.



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