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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 24, 2011 - Demonstrating Our Thankfulness

By Ken Horn

“Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me’” (Matthew 25:37-40, NKJV).

Several years ago, farmers and truckers in the Midwest pooled resources to deliver hay for starving cattle on the drought-stricken ranges of Texas. No one wants any living creature to suffer from lack of food or water. But we all know there are more than hungry cattle in this world. People — created by God, loved by Jesus, made in God’s own image — are hungry. They do not share the bounty that we partake of when we gather for our Thanksgiving feasts.

It is difficult for us, in a land of plenty, to relate to this kind of adversity. But “rescue the perishing, care for the dying” applies to far more than spiritual well-being. Matthew 25:37-40 gives us clear insight into the heart of God.

He is watching to see if we are truly thankful. And that includes not just what we say, but what we do. When food and drink are given to “the least of these,” Jesus counts it as given to Him. And Christians have been responding this way more and more.

Evangelist D.L. Moody had a surprising perspective: “Some people seem to think that all the world needs is a lot of sermons. Why, the people of this land have been almost preached to death. What we want [need] is to preach more sermons with our hands and feet — to carry the gospel to the people by acts of kindness.” It has been said that, “Love wins people to Jesus without words.”

No, we shouldn’t feel guilty when we sit down to a Thanksgiving feast. We should feel … thankful. We should only feel guilty if we don’t share some of our bounty with those in need.

So here’s to a thankful — and guiltless — Thanksgiving.

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (khorn.agblogger.org).

 

 

 

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