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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 12, 2012 - All I Need to Know

By Bill Sparling

Nowadays, we are sucked into the information age as if it were a whirlpool. We’re bombarded with people telling us we have to know everything, challenge everything and be connected to everything and everybody.

I got a phone call from someone I know well, but for a moment I could not identify her by her voice. When I asked who was calling, she was amazed that we don’t have caller I.D. I jokingly told her we were still using 1950s technology.

This “having to know everything” mindset can spill over into our study of God’s Word, and affect our study of who God really is, what His Word really means, and how He wants us to live. As a result, we sometimes miss the simplicity of God’s Word and His love for us because we listen to so many opinions from so many people that the message can get sort of foggy.

God’s precious Word is built up in us line upon line and precept upon precept, and it is upon that fullness of God’s wisdom that our faith must be built in the same way. I found a wonderful illustration of this truth in an email someone sent me recently about children’s comments about God.

According to one of the anecdotes, a Sunday School teacher decided to have her young class memorize one of the most quoted passages in the Bible, Psalm 23. She gave the youngsters a month to learn the chapter.

Little Rick was excited about the task, but he just couldn’t remember the Psalm. After much practice, he could barely get past the first line. On the day the kids were scheduled to recite Psalm 23 in front of the congregation, Rick swallowed his nervousness and stepped up to the microphone.

“The Lord is my Shepherd,” he said, “and that’s all I need to know.”

Thanks, Rick. We need that kind of reminder sometimes.

— Bill Sparling lives in Sequim, Wash.



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