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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 20, 2012 - Let’s Feed the Hungry

By Beatrice Northcutt

“But [Jesus] said unto them, Give ye them to eat” (Luke 9:13, KJV).

Jesus and the disciples had been in a desert place outside Bethsaida all day. A multitude of people had followed them to hear the teaching of Jesus, and many were healed of their diseases. It was near the end of the day, and everyone was weary and hungry; so the disciples came to Jesus and told Him to send the people away so they could go into the towns and get food and lodging.

The people were already weary, and many were probably near fainting from hunger. To send them away meant they would have to stay hungry longer, so Jesus told the disciples to give them food.

I can imagine how startled the disciples were when Jesus made that statement, for there were as many as 5,000 men, besides women and children, in the crowd. But I think Jesus wanted to teach the disciples a lesson in this Scripture setting that we so often miss.

We come in contact with spiritually hungry people every day, and instead of giving them the gospel ourselves, we send them away and they stay hungry longer, or never find that life-giving food.

How often have we said, “Come to our church and hear our pastor” or “We have a great Sunday School, or youth group”?

It’s great to invite people to our church, and at times it is most appropriate, but how many of these people do we really see come to our church? If a soul is hungry, they must have that hunger satisfied at the time they are hungry; for there’s an enemy out there that will fill them with other things of the world and they’ll forget the spiritual hunger they had.

I challenge every born-again believer to take the time to give these hungry souls the Word of God when they show they are hungry. Don’t send them away to a church for their food, for they’re already weary and their inner being is about to faint along the way. “Give ye them to eat!”

When the disciples obeyed Jesus, there was plenty to eat from the five loaves and two fishes because He blessed and multiplied it. He will bless and multiply our efforts too, no matter how meager they may seem to us. All He needs is a heart that is willing to share.

Let’s feed a starving world the Bread of Life!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.



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