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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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January 21, 2013 - Winning While Losing

By Dave Kidd

"'In your anger do not sin': Do not let the sun go down while you are still angry" (Ephesians 4:26, NIV).

"This could go on for hours," I thought while trying to reposition my body behind the wooden barricade protecting me from the pummeling spray of the "enemy's" front lines. At that point, I had two choices — stay behind the barricade or try to advance toward the "enemy" and risk getting shot.

I didn't have to ponder that decision for long because just as I positioned my gun for a shot at a defending opponent, I felt a paintball hit my gun barrel, and I saw the paint splatter over my hands, hence my elimination from the game. I raised my gun in the air and began walking off the field, only to be hit by a few more shots.

That didn't seem right. I was done and doing what I was supposed to do, and someone couldn't resist taking a few cheap shots at an easy target.

Marriage is hardly like a game of paintball. However, while I was walking off that field, I thought about how we try to have the last say in an argument or win a disagreement. It is the same as taking those last few cheap shots before we put the gun of our own selfishness away.

The verse above reminds us not to sin in our anger. However, if husbands are to love their wives as Christ loved the church (Ephesians 5:25), taking a cheap shot is a sin — even when they, too, are being shot at.

Truce anyone?

— Dave Kidd is lead pastor at True North Church (Assemblies of God) in Minerva, Ohio. Dave and Robin Kidd minister widely as marriage counselors and seminar leaders.



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