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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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March 6, 2012 - The Cleansing Power of Thanks

By T. Ray Rachels

Saying thanks has a cleansing power on your soul. It helps to clarify one of the most fundamental issues of life: recognizing the value of another person’s contribution to your life. It’s a personality strand that needs to be woven into our temperament.

I remember Wilmar and Edith Wolff, members of our Long Beach, Calif., congregation, he a board member and she a children’s Sunday School teacher. On more than one occasion when we faced challenges, he would say: “Pastor, just you don’t worry about a thing. God is in control. These are good people here at this church. We’ll make it. You keep preaching. God’s using you here. Everything’s gonna be all right.”

He once said to me after a particularly tough meeting, “Pastor, you do what you think is best for this church.”

Edith was a wonderful cook and warm hostess whose touch brought laughter and hope to her home. They loved us for no good reason other than we were their pastors. It instilled confidence and spiritual fiber to my leadership.

Thanks, Wilmar and Edith.

When Milton Barfoot, one of the great foot soldiers of our Fellowship, died, his son Phil gave a moving tribute at the funeral on “Five Things I Learned From My Dad — My Best Friend”:

See the best in everyone!

Never miss an opportunity to share Jesus or brighten someone’s day!

Walk the talk! (And with everyone, no matter how unimportant they may seem!)

Always forgive!

Be there!

Phil said that his life would not have been as focused and filled with positive ideas had it not been for the godly and loving model of goodness he saw in his dad growing up.

Thanks, Milton and Phil!

“You received Christ Jesus, the Master; now live him. You’re deeply rooted in him. You’re well constructed upon him. You know your way around the faith. Now do what you’ve been taught. School’s out; quit studying the subject and start living it! And let your living spill over into thanksgiving” (Colossians 2:6,7, The Message).

Thanks, Paul!

— 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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