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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 21, 2012 - A Christmas Memory Verse You May Not Remember

By Scott Harrup

Ask someone to recite or paraphrase a Bible verse or two about the Christmas story, and they'll most likely head right to Matthew or Luke. Those two gospels give us Scripture's description of the birth of Jesus. Mary and Joseph, Baby Jesus, the shepherds and angels, the manger and swaddling clothes -- all the images one expects to encounter during a church's nativity play are there.

Would you be surprised if someone quoted from Genesis when reciting a "Christmas" passage? You can find one almost at the beginning of the Bible.

"And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel" (Genesis 3:15, NIV).

If it's been awhile since you read the creation narrative, here's what's going on in this verse in a nutshell. God created the world and the first man and woman. He gave them a beautiful garden as their home. When Satan and his deception entered the picture, Adam and Eve rebelled against God. Facing God's judgment, they had to leave the garden and face life in a fallen world.

Genesis 3:15 is an incredible ray of hope in an otherwise dark, new reality. Addressing Satan, God promised that a descendant of Adam and Eve would one day defeat evil forever.

And there you have the Christmas story summed up as well. Baby Jesus, lying in that manger, was the promised "offspring." His death and resurrection forever crushed the head of evil.

Do you feel like an outcast from Eden? Does there seem to be more shadow than light in your life? Take another look at the Babe in the manger, who is now our risen Savior. He's living proof God has been at work throughout history to make a way for us to find our way home. Have you begun that journey?

-- Scott Harrup is managing editor of the Pentecostal Evangel and blogs at Out There (



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