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    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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December 1, 2011 - It’s a Wrap

By Scott Harrup

The Dec. 25, 2011, Pentecostal Evangel completed production last week right before Thanksgiving, and I added my copy to my office binder, filling another year. It always catches me by surprise when the next annum of Evangels wraps.

And it can be a little confusing. Because of our production schedule, our staff is working on material for the next calendar year by October. I remember back in the dark ages when I began working at the Assemblies of God National Offices editing Sunday School curriculum, I dated a check “1987” months before the calendar shift. I recently made the same mistake with “2012” at the grocery store.

Shelving another binder full of magazines seemed appropriate at Thanksgiving. I’m grateful for the editorial team with whom I’m privileged to work every week; the writers who fill each issue with features, columns and news items; and the many readers who continue to support the Evangel and continue to share with us their reports of how the publication ministers to them. That’s especially true of more than 1,000 inmates who write in each year from across the country after reading magazines donated through our Key Bearers ministry.

If you’re looking for an inspirational read this holiday season, you can sample the Evangel online at You might be interested in our archive of past Christmas issues. Here’s a thought from 2002:

“Jesus changed everything because He chose to come to earth and be ‘God with us’ (Matthew 1:23). In so doing, He set himself apart from every king and ruler to rise since Adam left the Garden of Eden. Kings and rulers set themselves apart. They fight against all challengers to stand above all rivals. Though Jesus is above all powers and kings, He went against the natural propensity to exclusiveness. Rather, He rushed to embrace the common man. His offer is truly unique among leaders. He offers every man and woman, boy and girl, the gift of intimacy. He came down from the Throne Room of heaven, investing every man with royalty and every child with hope.” (“The Day That Changed the World,” David B. Crabtree)

May your holiday season be blessed with family and friends nearby and daily evidence of God’s generous grace.

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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