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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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April 4, 2013 - The Cross and the Crown

Verla A. Mooth

At the heart of our redemption there is a cross, but at the heart of Christian discipleship there is a crown. The relationship between the cross and crown is fixed and cannot be changed. The way to the crown is the way of the cross. This was true for Jesus.

God highly exalted Jesus and gave Him the name which is above every name, that every knee should bow and every tongue should confess Him Lord. But it was because He humbled himself, becoming obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Thus it must be for us. "If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me" (Matthew 16:24, KJV).

We readily accept the message of the cross as the hope of our redemption. We look to it as the supreme evidence of the love of God. We see in it and in the Christ who hung upon it the basis of forgiveness and cleansing from sin. But we often leave it standing "on a hill far away," or at best, atop our churches and on their altars.

It is true that Jesus alone could bear away the sins of the world, providing reconciliation to God through His own blood. But there remains for us the cross of discipleship, of self-identification with Christ and His followers.

Let us take up the cross and follow Him. Beyond the dark shadows of the cross there is the radiant life of the resurrection when the "crown of glory" will appear.

— Adapted from "The Cross and the Crown" by Verla A. Mooth, originally published in the April 14, 1968, Pentecostal Evangel.



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