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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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January 5, 2012 - Are You Hungry?

By Jerry D. Scott

There are few things that stir up more happy memories for me than suppertime! The smell of dinner cooking invites those at home to get ready to pull up a chair and enjoy a meal. If I have not eaten much throughout the day, I look forward to supper even more. Suppertime is associated in my mind with reconnecting with the family and swapping stories about the day.

Jesus invites us to supper. Are you hungry? “I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you” (Revelation 3:20, The Message). Getting together with the Lord to be fed by the Word and nourished by worship, both with the church and individually, can be one of the best parts of our day or week. When we share the things that weigh us down with Him in prayer, it eases the burden and changes us so we can meet the challenges. When we offer up worshipful adoration, it renews our hope and helps us to remember why we exist. When we meditate on the Scripture, we are made wise and filled up with soul food that keeps us strong for the journey.

But some of us have no appetite for supper with Christ Jesus because we have filled our souls with other things or we have become a stranger to Him and thus unable to enter into a conversation. The Bible warns, “Don’t let the sharp edge of your expectation get dulled by parties and drinking and shopping” (Luke 21:34).

Soul hunger is universal! Just as our bodies require constant nourishment, and develop an appetite daily, our spirits hunger too. In the same way that we can temporarily satisfy our hunger with empty calories (and some do to such an extent that they lose their taste for meat and vegetables) we can fill our spirits with the endless pursuit of pleasure, games and sensual satisfaction until our spiritual appetite is gone.

No one satisfies our soul hunger like Jesus Christ! The Word says, “You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat” (Matthew 5:6).

Did you know that when you lose your appetite for worship and the Word, when you no longer love the presence of Jesus, a literal fast can work wonders in your life? As you head into this new year, don’t just set weight loss and diet goals for yourself. Nothing sharpens the appetite like a simple water and fruit diet for a few days! As you discipline your physical appetite for food, you’ll discover a spiritual parallel. When you have tasted the goodness of the Lord once, you can renew your hunger for Him by laying off the “junk food” of aimless or ungodly pursuits that have stolen your appetite.

“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost. Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare. Give ear and come to me; hear me, that your soul may live” (Isaiah 55:1-3, NIV).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor at Washington (N.J.) Assembly of God.

 

 

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