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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 11, 2012 - Foreseeable?

By Scott Harrup

A recent Associated Press article headlines with “Goodell: No expansion in ‘foreseeable future.’” National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell is quoted in the Feb. 4 article opining that the league’s current 32 teams will not become 33 teams anytime soon.

Despite the common reference to a “foreseeable future,” just how much of the future is really foreseeable? Truth be told, none of it.

If athletes were able to peer just around the corner from this instant, much of professional sports would be rendered chaos. Every pitch in baseball would be telegraphed before reaching home plate. Every twist or turn of an NFL receiver would announce itself a second early to a waiting defensive back.

We live with the constant paradox of complete and utter blindness to the future and an unrelenting need to plan for it.

What to do?

God’s Word invites us to plan prudently, but never to deviate from our faith focus on God himself. Here are some examples of each type of counsel.

Plan prudently…

“Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed” (Proverbs 15:22, NIV).

“The plans of the diligent lead to profit as surely as haste leads to poverty” (Proverbs 21:5).

“Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Will he not first sit down and estimate the cost to see if he has enough money to complete it?” (Jesus’ teaching in Luke 14:28).

Keep your faith in God …

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5,6).

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” (Proverbs 19:21).

— Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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