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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 27, 2012 - The Mighty Eraser

By T. Ray Rachels

Author and literary agent John Brockman asked 80 analytical scholars, including Nobel Laureates, to nominate the most important invention of the last 2,000 years. Their views were profiled in a January 11, 1999, Newsweek article.

One thing seemed to emerge: The absence of certain inventions would have produced a world far different from the one we inherited.

For instance:

Johannes Gutenberg’s 15th-century development of movable type won by a landslide. The printing press allowed, for the first time, the rapid and widespread dissemination of information, knowledge and scholarship.

The computer, of course, was another heavy favorite. Neurophysiologist William Calvin of the University of Washington said, “If computers save us from ourselves, they will also govern everything we do in the next 20 centuries.”

Batteries, noted philosopher Daniel Bennet of Tufts University, allowed the development of transistor radios and cell phones, which are the most potent weapons against totalitarianism ever invented, since they destroy all hope of centralized control of information.

Reading glasses, said Nicholas Humphrey of the New School for Social Research in New York, have effectively doubled the active life of everyone who reads or does fine work, and prevented the world being ruled by people under 40.

One of my favorites was given by Douglas Rushkoff, who calls himself a technologist. “Erasers and delete keys,” he said. This, along with “White-Out, the constitutional amendment and all other tools that let us go back and fix our mistakes.”

Rushkoff described the eraser as “our confessor, our absolver, and our time machine.”

Our God has an eraser, too:

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more” (Isaiah 43:25, NIV).

“As far as the east is from the west, so far has he removed our transgressions from us” (Psalm 103:12).

“If you, O Lord, kept a record of sins, O Lord, who could stand? But with you there is forgiveness; therefore you are feared” (Psalm 130:3,4, NIV).

“When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins, having canceled the written code, with its regulations, that was against us and that stood opposed to us; he took it away, nailing it to the cross” (Colossians 2:13,14).

Think about it. For every person who falls down and thinks he can’t get up again, who makes mistakes and assumes the worst, who believes that starting over is for others only — God’s eraser is for you! You can get up again, the worst never lasts, and possibly the greatest of all hopes is that you can begin again!

— T. Ray Rachels served as superintendent of the Southern California District of the Assemblies of God for more than 22 years.



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