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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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October 22, 2012 - Avoid Extremes

By Scott McChrystal

"It is good to grasp the one and not let go of the other. The man who fears God will avoid all extremes" (Ecclesiastes 7:18, NIV).

Maintaining a balanced life is an admirable goal, and certainly one the Lord wants us to pursue. Avoiding extremes is critical toward attaining balance.

But how? This verse tells us it starts with fearing God. Fearing God has numerous elements, but in its essence it means to worship and reverence God — and obey Him. His commands are not intended to punish us. Quite the opposite — the Lord wants to help us!

Want an example? Consider money. In balance, it's good. We all need it. But Scripture warns in 1 Timothy 6:10 that "the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."

Here's another illustration that applies to many warriors who practically worship physical fitness. First Timothy 4:8 says, "Physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come."

God is not saying physical fitness is not important. He's saying that pursuing godliness is more important. The answer — "It's good to grasp one and not let go of the other."

— 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 3.

 

 

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