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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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April 2, 2012 - Contending for the Faith

By Geff Mastro

Let me first say that I do not like cats. I don’t bear them any ill will; I just don’t like them. They make me sneeze, cause my eyes to water, and generally cause me bronchial discomfort. Cats, however, seem to love me. Wherever I go, they constantly want to rub up against me, climb on me, and have even been known to jump into my lap.

On one particular cold and damp January evening, as I ventured outside to get something from the car, I looked down to discover a little black cat at my feet. What was this cat doing? Why, following me of course!

Once our family heard of this wandering feline, for the next 16 hours this cat became the primary focal point in our house. Florence Nightingale and her junior nurses (I mean my wife and our kids) immediately gave it some milk and leftover lunchmeats, and then fashioned a bed out of a box and some towels so it wouldn’t get cold. Though I protested that this beloved creature was not going to spend the night in our house, I soon found myself traveling to Wal-Mart to purchase food, a cage and cat litter for this beguiling animal, with my last few dollars. Needless to say, it did spend the night indoors.

As I reflect on this conflict of wills, I can’t help but think about Jude’s words to the audience of his tiny epistle. He called on them to “contend for the faith” (Jude 3, NIV). Although he knew that life brings other plans for the day, he felt compelled to encourage them to contend/fight hard for/defend the faith that God had given them. Some false teachers had snuck in and were trying to get these early Christians to compromise with what they knew they should be doing.

You know, sometimes we fight very hard for worldly things, which in and of themselves are not necessary bad. But, as Christians, how hard do we contend for spiritual things? Like our girls fighting to save this poor, helpless little cat, I wonder how hard we’re fighting to reach the lost in our neighborhoods? The souls of our own family? The rights of the poor and fatherless?

When was the last time we can remember being so concerned about someone’s spiritual destination that we took time away from what we had to do, like our girls with this cat, and shared the love of Jesus with them … even if it was inconvenient.

— 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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