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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 20, 2012 - God in a Stable

By John C. Jackson

When God sent His Son into the world He appeared not in any stately temple or vaulted cathedral. The Holy Babe was born among the beasts. The angelic hosts sang, "Peace on earth" not to religious dignitaries but to humble shepherds who would not hesitate to enter a smelly stable, and who were not too proud to kneel upon a crude floor to worship young Emmanuel (which, being interpreted, means, "God with us").

They found the God-man in a stable! Why is it that whenever the Lord of Glory undertakes to reveal Himself to mankind He had to do it in a humble setting? Wesley preached some of his greatest sermons in a graveyard or in open fields. Finney preached mighty conviction upon laborers in factory workrooms. Luther (according to Thomas D'Aubigne) began the preaching of the Reformation in an ancient wooden chapel in the middle of the square at Wittenberg.

It was in a humble place that God poured out His Spirit at the beginning of this 20th-century Pentecostal revival. Eight sincere believers were praying in a home in Los Angeles (April 9, 1906) when suddenly the power of God came upon them. Seven of this little group which had been locked out of their church for wanting another Pentecost began to speak with other tongues as the Holy Spirit gave them utterance, glorifying God. Neighbors heard the joyous shouts and songs, joined the company, and they too were filled with the Holy Ghost.

A few days later, needing larger quarters for their prayer meetings, the group moved to 312 Azusa Street. It was a ramshackle old building in an industrial section. There were broken windows and doors off their hinges. The upper story was used as a tenement house and the bottom served as a livery. Carl Brumback, writing in "Suddenly From Heaven," describes the event and asks, "Why did it have to begin in a stable?"

I do not insist that you must go to a stable to meet God, nor that God will meet with a person in a stable more readily than elsewhere, but so often pride keeps men and women from God. God is seeking to reach man. Wherever He can find a person with a broken and contrite heart He will make His power known. He would like to reveal Himself to others this Christmas. Will you let Him do it?

-- Adapted from "God in a Stable" by John C. Jackson, originally published in the December 23, 1962, Pentecostal Evangel.




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