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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 25, 2013 - Stressed by Threats

By Scott McChrystal

"Meanwhile, the people in Judah said, 'The strength of the laborers is giving out, and there is so much rubble that we cannot rebuild the wall'" (Nehemiah 4:10, NIV).

Stress induced by combat, or even the threat of combat, is not a new development. Terminology to identify the condition has changed, but the effects have been around for a long time. A common name used today is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

Over 2,500 years ago, Nehemiah was leading the effort to rebuild the walls of Jerusalem, spiritual headquarters for Israel. Progress went well until the halfway point. Then leaders from a few small surrounding nations who felt threatened by Israel's potential resurgence banded together to oppose Nehemiah. Their initial strategy consisted of intimidation through a series of threatening messages, most of which were lies.

The enemy's tactics began working. Sizeable numbers of Israelites became fearful about the future and started to lose hope. Fortunately, Nehemiah chose to trust God. He saw through the enemy's strategy and helped the workers remain focused on the mission.

Be like Nehemiah. Don't let someone's threats stop you. Trust God and stay focused on your mission. The Lord will help you.

— Chaplain Col. (Ret.) Scott McChrystal serves as the military/VA representative for the Chaplaincy Department of the Assemblies of God. Adapted from Daily Strength for the Battle, Volume 4.



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