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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 6, 2012 - Confidence in the Past and the Future

By Rose McCormick Brandon

Paul wrote Philippians from a prison cell. He recalled the day the people of Philippi received the gospel (Acts 16). Paul had visited this city on his second missionary journey. On arrival, he found a group of women meeting by the river for prayer. He explained to them that Jesus Christ’s birth, death and resurrection fulfilled Old Testament prophecies. That day Lydia, a businesswoman from Thyatira opened her heart to receive Christ.

Then a demon-possessed slave girl, who made a lot of money for her masters by telling fortunes, received Christ. The girl’s ability vanished after Paul cast an evil spirit from her. Her owners went ballistic. They seized Paul and his companion Silas and had them flogged and thrown in jail.

Paul and Silas, full of confidence in the Lord, prayed and sang hymns at midnight, rejoicing that they were thrown into prison because of Christ. As their voices rose to heaven, an earthquake struck the city, collapsing the prison walls. Believing all the prisoners had escaped, the jailer attempted to commit suicide. After listening as Paul explained the gospel of Jesus, the jailer asked the most important question of all: “What must I do to be saved?”

Paul replied, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and you will be saved” (v. 30, NIV). That night the Philippian jailer and his entire family believed in Christ and were baptized. Looking back as he wrote Philippians, Paul remembered with joy Philippi’s first converts — Lydia, a woman of wealth, the slave girl, the jailer and his family, and some of the prisoners. Now he urged the Philippians to look forward with the same confidence in Christ they had when they first believed.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 1:3-6).

Be confident. Christ will complete the good work He has begun in you. What a wonderful truth as you journey further into a new year!

— Rose McCormick Brandon and her husband, Doug, live in Caledonia, Ontario.

 

 

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