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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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July 3, 2013 - Commitment

By Jerry D. Scott

A college professor once told me up to 25 percent of his students don't show up for classes; some are even so bold as to email him in advance to ask if he will be teaching "anything important" that day. Think how many couples married this year will abandon their marriage vows when the going gets tough.

Our corporate culture is broken by self-interest too. Neither company nor employee feels bound by any higher allegiance than to the almighty dollar.

Lack of commitment has found its way into the church too. One of the more frustrating things about pastoring a local church is the "take it or leave it" attitude regarding church attendance. When enough people lack commitment to their local church, building a strong, ministry-focused congregation becomes a herculean task.

Every one of us is confronted with choices, big and small, every day about commitment. Will we do the right thing, even when it is inconvenient or costly? Or will we do what we believe is in our best interest at the moment?

A person of integrity keeps his word, even when it hurts. "Most men will proclaim each his own goodness, but who can find a faithful man? The righteous man walks in his integrity; his children are blessed after him" (Proverbs 20:6,7, NKJV).

Are your daily decisions guided by principles larger than self-interest? Will you do the right thing even when it seems "everybody" is doing their own? Here's a word from the Word. May it challenge us to be faithful, trustworthy people committed to doing the right thing.

"Jesus went on to make these comments: If you're honest in small things, you'll be honest in big things; if you're a crook in small things, you'll be a crook in big things. If you're not honest in small jobs, who will put you in charge of the store?" (Luke 16:10-12, The Message).

— Jerry D. Scott is senior pastor of Faith Discovery Church (Assemblies of God) in Washington, N.J.

 

 

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