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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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November 10, 2011 - Not Just Religious

By Dorothy Rugg

Looking at Romans 9:1-5, I believe Paul spoke out of his love for God’s people. He saw the Jews as a people so bound by their tradition that they could not see the mercy that was given to them by God. They were trying to “earn” their way to God, trying to get to God by their works.

Paul himself could relate to their situation. Before Paul became Paul the apostle, he was Saul of Tarsus. A Jew, he was religious and self-righteous, but not right with God. Paul followed the Law; yet he was spiritually dead. He killed his fellow Hebrew brothers who believed and preached Jesus, and believed he was obeying God in doing so. Until Paul had that Damascus road experience, he was just religious, having only a form of spirituality.

Paul had great sorrow for those who do not have Christ in their hearts; he had great compassion for his countrymen who rejected the truth about Jesus.

We, too, should have just as great a concern for those who do not know Jesus as their Savior. How many people around us today are spiritually dead? How many people have a religion but not a relationship? How many people turn to so many other things and keep on rejecting Christ?

My heart, your heart, should break over the spiritual condition of those around us. A saving relationship with Jesus is more than going to church, it is more than being a good person, it is more than singing a few songs, it is more than reading the Bible.

Our lives must be transformed by Jesus’ sacrifice in our behalf and daily built on the precepts of God through the guidance of His Spirit. Don’t settle for religion; press ever deeper into relationship. And tell others of your good news.

— James and Dorothy Rugg live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City AG.




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