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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 18, 2011 - Flirting With Disaster

By Greg Ebie

As you read through the Bible, do you know the one line you won’t find at the end of a story? “And they all lived happily ever after.” Unlike a storybook, the Bible doesn’t gloss over sin. Instead we are told what really came to pass in the lives of those whose stories fill its pages.

One way you can know God inspired the writing of the Bible is that there are no cover-ups, no “happily ever after” endings. If my life story were written down for everyone to read, I would be tempted to “sugar coat” the truth. I would make myself appear to be better than I really am, and the bad things in my life would either be left out of the story or I would find a way to blame someone else. Wouldn’t you do the same?

The Bible isn’t like that. God shows us the way things really happened. The good and the bad choices, together with their consequences, are written down for us to read. Why does God tell stories that way? So we can know the truth about God and ourselves. God has not changed; He is a holy God who hates sin. Furthermore we are no different than those whose lives are lived out for us in the pages of the Bible; we all have the same weaknesses, so hopefully we can learn from their mistakes.

King Solomon is an example of one man who started off great, but in the end was not fully committed to God. As a young man Solomon asked God for wisdom, but as the years passed the wisest man in the world failed to simply obey God.

“King Solomon was obsessed with women. Pharaoh’s daughter was only the first of the many foreign women he loved — Moabite, Ammonite, Edomite, Sidonian, and Hittite” (1 Kings 11:1, The Message).

Solomon and the nation of Israel were clearly told by God not to intermarry with the foreign nations around them because their hearts would be divided and pulled away from God. Solomon did the very thing God had told him not to do. In the end Solomon, who built the temple for the worship of God, openly defiled God by setting up idols to false gods. And it all started for Solomon with a kiss — giving his heart to foreign women.

We are no different today. We must be careful, both men and women, to not be seduced by our culture and led away from God. Sex saturates advertising, entertainment and more. If you want to live “happily ever after” then guard your marriage and your heart. You may be flirting with more than members of the opposite sex; you are flirting with spiritual death.

— D. Greg Ebie is senior pastor of Praise Assembly of God in Garrettsville, Ohio, and an author of Daily Bread devotionals.



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