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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 16, 2012 - Pinocchio Adventures

By William E. Richardson

“Now the Bereans were of more noble character than the Thessalonians, for they received the message with great eagerness and examined the Scriptures every day to see if what Paul said was true. Many of the Jews believed, as did also a number of prominent Greek women and many Greek men” (Acts 17:11,12, NIV).

Remember the story of Pinocchio? The wooden boy had some fantastic adventures. Before he became a living, breathing puppet, others controlled him by pulling his strings. After he came to life, others still manipulated him. He followed their suggestions without thinking through.

Christians can make the same mistake. Myriad voices swirl around us. False advertisements disguised as truth constantly call us. So does another voice. The Holy Spirit calls us to search the Scriptures like the Bereans of the Book of Acts. When we ignore His call, we can be easily duped, even by false promises covered with a Christian veneer.

Our hope? To learn to distinguish between what sounds right and what is right. It takes reading the Bible daily. Not just skimming the surface, but digging deeper, comparing Scripture with Scripture. Then basing our decisions, not on the words of others, but on the authoritative Word of God that the Holy Spirit brings to our memory.

When we don’t keep God’s Word foremost in our thoughts, others will try pulling our strings. We’ll fall into unwanted Pinocchio adventures. When we follow the example of the New Testament Bereans, we clip the strings. The Holy Spirit can use what we’ve learned to keep us from unwanted adventures, leading us instead into the greater adventure of service to God.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at



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