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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 19, 2012 - Inspiration From Space

By William E. Richardson

What do you say to everyone on Earth who can hear you on radio and see you on television while you orbit the moon in a space capsule on Christmas Eve?

In 1968, on the Apollo 8 mission, Lunar Module Pilot William Anders announced, “For all the people on Earth the crew of Apollo 8 has a message we would like to send you.” The three astronauts — Anders, Frank Borman and James Lovell — then took turns reading the account of creation from Genesis 1:1-10.

Seven years earlier (April 1961), Russian cosmonaut, Yuri Gagarin, became the first human in space. According to some reports, the communist Soviet government used his flight to claim there was no evidence of God’s existence in space.

Borman, commander of the Apollo 8 mission, personally saw evidence of God everywhere. He went into space believing Psalm 19:1, “The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament shows His handiwork” (NKJV). Borman read the final portion from Genesis that memorable night.

Forty years ago, television viewers had been saturated with disturbing news (more losses in the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy, Russia flexing its military power in Czechoslovakia). Watching a lunar sunrise while hearing the words from Genesis on that Christmas Eve lifted viewers’ thoughts from humanity’s destructiveness to God’s awesomeness.

What disturbing news have you encountered? What challenges do you face? Take another look at the opening verses of the greatest Book on Earth. And remember, the Creator of this entire universe has your life clearly in view. He loves you and has a plan for you that is as big as eternity and as wonderful as heaven.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God.



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