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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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July 3, 2012 - World War II and Beyond

By Ken Horn

The Springfield–Branson National Airport in Springfield, Mo., was jammed with cheering throngs late on the night of June 6, 2012 (D-Day) as 80 local World War II veterans returned from a one-day trip to Washington, D.C. Sponsored by Ozarks Honor Flight, the vets were flown to the capital to see the World War II Memorial that was built in their honor. The flight included family and other escorts. Both vets and escorts included Assemblies of God members.

Upon their return, the veterans were honored by the community with festivities including a patriotic brass band and lots of applause. Royal Rangers were on hand to thank the vets and present them with special military coins provided by Assemblies of God Chaplaincy. AG military endorser Chaplain Scott McChrystal was on hand to thank these national heroes.

As the Fourth of July comes over the horizon tomorrow, I’ll be reflecting on the sacrifices made by so many of our veterans through the years to make possible the freedoms we enjoy in the United States. But there is another conflict that has encompassed all of human history. Ahead of us lies ultimate victory and eternal freedom.

The apostle Paul said shortly before his death, “The time for my departure is near. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day — and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing” (2 Timothy 4:6-8, NIV).

Are you awaiting your entrance into eternity, confident in Christ that you will receive “the crown of righteousness”? If you are unsure of your spiritual state, it takes nothing more than a simple prayer of faith to receive Christ as your Savior. If you know you are ready for eternity, why not use this coming Independence Day to introduce a loved one to the freedom found in Jesus?

— Ken Horn is editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Snapshots (



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