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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 22, 2012 - Good From Bad

By Geff Mastro

Have you ever heard someone say that they’ve been “going through it”? Well, I can honestly say, “I’ve been going through it.”

If you’ve been dealing with life’s less-pleasant issues, rest assured you’re in good company. Many heroes of the faith went through it too. Job lost everything, even though he was absolutely devoted to God. Joseph was sold as a slave and left for dead by his own brothers. Hosea married a wife who was unfaithful, and he was then told by God to take her back. And then there was Jesus …

So why does God let bad things happen to good people? Isn’t He just? Have I sinned in some way to deserve today’s pain? If you’re looking at your home, work, church or some other situation and asking these questions, I would invite you to shift your focus.

In his letter to the Philippians, Paul addresses this point, encouraging us to rejoice in spite of our suffering. Although he was wrongly imprisoned, Paul was determined to serve God in the midst of his painful circumstances. As a result of his imprisonment, the majority of believers were far more encouraged to speak the Word without fear at a time when there was great hostility toward Christians. The result: Many were saved, and great things were done for the Kingdom that otherwise would not have been accomplished. Through Paul’s suffering, what happened? God got the glory (Philippians 1:1-18).

Is there something troublesome going on in your life right now? In other words, are you going through it? Are you having trouble seeing God’s hand in things? I can share with you what God has shared with me. Continue to stand firm and conduct yourself in a manner worthy of the gospel (v. 27). Don’t be alarmed by what you see around you (v. 28). The conflict is similar to what others have suffered for Christ’s sake (v. 30). Take heart in knowing that your circumstance may be turning out for the greater progress of the gospel (v. 12).

— Geff Mastro lives in 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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