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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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December 10, 2012 - Magnify the Lord With Me

By Gary Rogers

"Now say, 'Thank you.'"

Think how many parents have said these or similar words. The motive is to influence children towards a heart of appreciation. Children need to realize an outside source has contributed something of value to them. Without this instruction, the natural tendency is either to ignore the contribution or to take it for granted. A thankful attitude is a learned behavior.

Imagine never being challenged to express thanksgiving. Without an understanding of gratitude, one's attitude and outlook would become focused on self-sufficiency. In this independent, needing-no-one mentality, the heart becomes hard and consumed with self-protection. How small and limited life can become with no outside contributions.

In expressing thanksgiving we acknowledge an outside source. Thanksgiving declares that good has come into our lives from someone else. The greatest contributions to our lives come from a loving God. God, our loving Father, provides, protects, and promotes us. In Him we receive the provisions of salvation, hope, peace, joy and eternal life. Once we identify the source of these blessings, thanksgiving directed to God should flow from our hearts.

"I will praise the name of God with a song, and will magnify Him with thanksgiving" (Psalm 69:30, NKJV).

God is magnified in our giving thanks to Him. We proclaim His greatness with thanksgiving. Thanksgiving acknowledges Him as our source of every good and perfect gift. It is not self-sufficiency that has provided all these tremendous provisions. It is a God who loves and cares for His children.

I know from where my blessings come. They come from the Lord who made the heavens and the earth. Thank You, Lord, for the many blessings I enjoy!

-- Gary Rogers is senior pastor of Grand Assembly of God in Chickasha, Okla.



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