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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 26, 2012 - Jesus Knows You

By Gary Rogers

My grandson Karter has a real phobia about dentists. At 6 years old, he doesn't have a great deal of bad experiences to draw from in developing this position, but he is committed to it.

Karter is a funny little guy in that he is very strong willed, very opinionated, very forceful in his personality. He's not afraid of expressing his position, and he really believes everyone needs Jesus. At the beginning of the school year he walks up to the new kids in his class and asks, "Do you know Jesus?" If they don't say yes, he begins to tell them why they should.

Karter's love for Jesus and phobia of dental appointments shined through during one trip to his tooth doctor. Standing at the appointment desk with his mother, he overheard there was a problem with the dental insurance and the appointment would need to be canceled. When he heard the word "canceled," he shouted, "Thank you Jesus! Jesus read my mind!" The ladies behind the counter cracked up laughing, and the waiting room had a little 6-year-old preacher proclaiming the goodness of Jesus.

All humor aside, Jesus really is concerned about the things that concern you. "You understand my thought afar off" (Psalm 139:2, NKJV). The thoughts in your mind are known by Jesus. He knows what is troubling you. That worry, fear, and deep abiding concern are known by Jesus. The way the thought is causing your heart to hurt and your stomach to ache is being observed by Jesus. Nothing escapes His knowledge. Jesus really does read your mind.

How wonderful for Karter to automatically give the glory to Jesus as soon as word came of his feared appointment being canceled. Our childlike faith should convince us we have a God who knows our thoughts and wants to be our answer. Our God evaluates our thoughts, and when He detects stress and worry and fear, that childlike faith should tell us He wants to make us better.

God loves you. God does care about the details of your life. My prayer is that the next dreaded event in your life will be met with "Thank You, Jesus! Jesus read my mind!"

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




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