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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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May 7, 2012 - Stress Strengthens the Team

By Scott McChrystal

“But after the disciples had gathered around him, he got up and went back into the city. The next day he and Barnabas left for Derbe” (Acts 14:20, NIV).

The team that responds best to stress usually wins. We see it in sports, we see it in business, and we see it in the military.

This is also true in the spiritual realm. Luke described a violent scene in the Book of Acts. Paul and some of his missionary disciples were traveling through ancient Turkey. Paradoxically, because God had used Paul to do a miraculous healing, opposition to the gospel message grew more fierce. Jews from nearby Antioch and Iconium stirred the people of Lystra to kill Paul. They took the apostle to the edge of city and stoned him, leaving him for dead.

What a blow to this missionary team. But instead of stressing out, they rose to the occasion. Calling upon the power of God, these men gathered around Paul and prayed. Soon the veteran missionary was back on his feet.

Then, another amazing thing happened. Instead of fleeing, Paul and his team went right back into the city.

Stress had produced strength, not weakness in this team.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Excerpted from “Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 4.



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