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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 29, 2013 - Everyday People

By William E. Richardson

"These things happened to them as examples for us" (1 Corinthians 10:11, NLT).

While reading my Bible in my junior high years, I unearthed a liberating truth. That truth kept my attention as I read in my room, while riding the school bus, and during my lunch break.

Reading the great stories line by line made the truth so real. I realized all God's servants in the Bible — men and women known for fantastic feats — were simply ordinary people who trusted an extraordinary God. They were as human as the rest of us.

The exploits of the prophet Elijah, for example, grabbed my attention. He was as rugged as the desert. He was as forceful as a storm. At first glance, Elijah was everything I wasn't in junior high.

I, a skinny teenager, pictured Elijah as a big, burly guy. When Elijah spoke, I could almost hear his booming voice. In junior high, my voice was changing. At any moment, without notice, it might crack, leaping to an embarrassing pitch I hadn't planned. While I imagined Elijah having a voice like thunder, mine might at any time sound like the Aflac duck.

Elijah had a confidence I lacked. He could enter King Ahab's throne room and speak for God without ever backing down. He boldly called for a contest between himself and the prophets of the idol Baal, knowing God would put Baal's prophets to shame. And God did. It thrilled me to read about Elijah's great victory!

But after that mountain-peak event, Elijah surprised me. Queen Jezebel threatened him, and he ran for his life. As a skinny, junior higher lacking in social skills, I would have run if Jezebel as much as glared at me. But the mighty Elijah fleeing in fear? The stout-hearted prophet had just scored a major spiritual victory, yet was acting as human as I am.

I'm glad I kept reading. When Elijah hid in a cave and begged God to take his life, God brought him back to his senses. Elijah renewed his faith. The Holy Spirit had helped me see the man under the exterior. I later noticed James 5:17: "Elijah was as human as we are."

I found Jacob, Moses, David and others to be equally vulnerable. If God could use them, I concluded, He could use me. I praise God He chose to inspire us through His servants in the Bible. Not just with their deeds, but with their humanity.

— William E. Richardson is senior pastor of Afton (Iowa) Assembly of God and blogs at



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