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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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May 17, 2013 - Paradise Restored

By Doug Clay

The Book of Revelation not only contains a message for the first-century church, to whom it was written, but also to the church today, particularly to those living in the "end time" who will witness Christ's return.

This is not just a book of fantasies — it's more than just apocalyptic literature loaded with symbols designed to mystify us. It is a book of hope and encouragement.

It's a book of hope because it reassures us things are not the way they should be. It's OK to feel dissatisfied with this world, because we were created for a better one, a world of harmony, a world where …

"I heard a loud shout from the throne saying, 'Look, God's home is now among his people! He will live with them, and they will be his people. God himself will be with them. He will wipe every tear from their eyes, and there will be no more death or sorrow or crying or pain. All these things are gone forever.' And the one sitting on the throne said, 'Look, I am making everything new!'" (Revelation 21:3-5, NLT).

This could happen at any moment, and that gives me hope!

Revelation is a book of encouragement. After all, with sin and Satan destroyed, life comes full circle. Paradise lost is now paradise restored. It's not a garden, it's a "holy city, the new Jerusalem" (Revelation 21:2). A place of great joy and satisfaction.

"And he also said, 'It is finished! I am the Alpha and the Omega — the Beginning and the End. To all who are thirsty I will give freely from the springs of the water of life. All who are victorious will inherit all these blessings, and I will be their God, and they will be my children'" (Revelation 21:6,7).

Don't shy away from reading Revelation. Read it, and say with John the author, "Come quick, Lord Jesus."

Make it a great day!

— Doug Clay is general treasurer of the Assemblies of God.



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