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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 10, 2012 - Are We Salty?

By Beatrice Northcutt

“Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned?” Luke 14:34, KJV).

Have you ever forgotten the salt in a recipe? Even if it was only a pinch, it makes a difference in the taste of the food. It seems like such an insignificant ingredient, especially in a cake. It won’t make the cake rise, or improve its texture or color, but the cake will taste flat without it.

Jesus talked about salt on several occasions. In Matthew 5:13 He said, “Ye are the salt of the earth,” then He warns us not to lose our savor or we become useless. Then in Colossians 4:6, Paul, giving instructions to the Christians said, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt.” Words not seasoned with grace are as distasteful as food without salt.

Christians are to be different from the world, for we are the salt that the world is lacking. We look like other people, and no one knows we are Christians until they associate with us. Our speech should be different, for it is seasoned with salt. Our motives and actions should point people to Jesus.

What is the purpose of salt? It preserves and gives flavor. When I was a child my dad cured our meat by rubbing it with salt when he put it in the smokehouse. We had no refrigeration, but he waited until the weather was cold and butchered the pig. He rubbed the meat well with the salt, and it never spoiled. He couldn’t just “know” the salt would cure the meat; that wasn’t enough. He had to APPLY the salt.

Some of us know we’re to be the salt of the earth, but because of timidity, fear or laziness, we never apply the salt in the area God has placed us.

As Christians we must boldly come forth and salt this spoiling world with the gospel of Jesus Christ. We apply the salt by showing compassion and love, and by standing fast for the godly traditions of our Christian forefathers. We have hidden our salt too long, and our world is in desperate need of its healing effects.

God, make all of us salty!

— Beatrice Northcutt lives in Independence, Kansas.

 

 

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