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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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June 26, 2013 - Wait, Examine the Facts!

By Stanley M. Horton

Clouds? Yes, but the Christian sees a silver lining! Darkness, wars, strife, hindrances on every hand? Yes, but the Christian has a hope that is a source of strength and encouragement, lighting his pathway home.

It is not a false optimism that we have. No followers of a mirage are we. The Christian is a man of hope because he is a man with a future. Paul, using the Greek language, has to explain the futurity inherent in our hope (Romans 8:25), whereas this meaning is perfectly clear and obvious from the Hebrew.

Of the more than 14 different Hebrew words translated by the English word "hope," one of the most frequent is "yahal," used in Psalm 38:15 to express the expectation of an answer; in Psalm 31:24 it is used to indicate waiting for God to move and bring new courage and strength; and in Psalm 42:11 to express the cry of a man beset by worries, fears, and enemies. "Why art thou cast down, O my soul? And why art thou disquieted within me? Hope thou in God; for I shall yet praise him who is the health of my countenance, and my God."

A little further searching reveals that the words translated "hope" imply expectation, confidence, a refuge, a trust, a waiting for, a looking eagerly for, and a looking to God. Hope projects faith into the future. Hope translates faith into today's obedience.

Just as biblical faith is not blind, but founded on facts, so also is biblical hope. Another most assuring word which is translated "hope" is "sever," which expresses a confidence that comes from examining the facts, so that the Psalmist says, "Happy is he that hath the God of Jacob for his help, whose hope is in the Lord his God" (Psalm 146:5), and then he goes on to give some facts on which his hope is based: "which made the heaven, and earth ... which giveth food to the hungry The Lord looseth the prisoners: the Lord openeth the eyes of the blind" (Psalm 146:6-10).

Wait, examine the facts, for the God of our salvation has given us a hope that lives.

— "Wait, Examine the Facts!" by Stanley M. Horton originally appeared in the August 12, 1951, Pentecostal Evangel.

 

 

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