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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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February 16, 2012 - Our Unchanging God

By Gary Rogers

What is a person to do when faced with a terrible crisis? Your son or daughter is not living for God. The boss informs you of a necessary reduction in force, and you’re one of those who will soon be without a job. The doctor comes into the examination room with bad news and uses that ugly word “cancer.” A husband-and-wife relationship is in turmoil with bickering and fighting about some of the most trivial issues. An elderly parent needs constant care, and you are called upon to be the caregiver.

Each of these represents a personal crisis. When faced with these types of circumstances, what does a Christian do?

One of the greatest byproducts of Christianity is the consistency we find in God. No matter where we are or what we are going through, God never changes. God is our strength and resolve for victory when we face the difficult. God is our provider and source of every blessing when we enjoy times of abundance. You can worship God in the difficult times for His faithfulness in seeing you through. You can worship God in the times of blessing, because He is your source with every good gift having a return address back to Him.

Promises found in the consistency of God are a stabilizing force while dealing with a crisis. I call these the little big words that give me my stability. The words are love, joy and peace. In God’s promises, these are constant. Romans 8:38,39 teaches that nothing can separate you from God’s love. No disappointment, no financial difficulty, no sickness, no conflict, no burden can separate you from the love God has for you.

In John 15:11, Jesus tells us that He wants us to have His joy and that He desires that our joy be full. Jesus gives us a perfect example of joy in the midst of turmoil. While being humbled in human form, He was existing far below His divine identity. To walk this earth with a memory of walking from eternity past in glory would make the best here seem pretty crummy. Yet, Jesus had constant joy. In John 16:33, Jesus tells us that because He overcame the world we can have peace. Yes, in the world there is tribulation, but through Jesus we can live in constant peace.

The Christian is not immune to pain or difficulty. But the Christian can deal with these problems differently from the unbelieving world. We have a God with constants. We can experience love, joy and peace no matter what storm of life we may be facing.

— Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.

 

 

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