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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 14, 2012 - Identity Theft

By Geff Mastro

According to statistics, an estimated 10 to 15 million people a year have had their identity stolen, causing as much as $50 billion in losses worldwide. Wow, that’s a lot of coffee and cheesecake! In many cases, people don’t even know their identity has been stolen. The thieves are so sneaky that it may take several months to several years to find out. Once your reputation is damaged, it can take years to correct.

Because of identity theft, a whole industry has been born to help people protect themselves. I’m not an expert on how these services protect you, or how identity thieves destroy you reputation in the first place. But I do know a thing or two about a particular thief who prowls around like a “roaring lion” (1 Peter 5:8) trying to “steal and kill and destroy” my reputation as an heir of the king (John 10:10, NIV).

Sometimes that lion roars loudly, and sometimes he just sneaks up on me very quietly before the kill. When he’s subtle, it can take a long time to even notice what he’s doing until the damage is done. And his attacks are always very targeted and personal, aimed at destroying my identity as a Christian.

Don’t let him occupy space in your mind and steal away your identity by telling you who and what you are. Guard yourself (Ephesians 6:13), resist him, and he’ll flee (James 4:7). Remember his thievery is unlawful. He has no claim to you. If God said He’s called you by name (Isaiah 43:1-3) and no one can snatch you out of His hand (John 10:29), then that means you belong to Him and to no one else.

That’s identity protection I can guarantee!

— Geff Mastro lives in a Burlington County, N.J., and is a licensed counselor and school psychologist. He attends Fountain of Life Center (AG) in Florence, N.J.

 

 

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