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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 16, 2013 - What I Learned From an Unbeliever

By Hal Donaldson

A conversation with a stranger reminded me how some people outside the church view faith and religion. Well-spoken and in his mid-50s, the man said he had tried attending a mainline church but found it "stiff and unfulfilling." So he quit — taking with him the following impressions of God and the church.

God is angry. ... The church spends a lot of time condemning people. ... You must conform to other Christians to be accepted. ... The offering is the most important part of the service. ... The sermons don't apply to everyday life. ... The church is more interested in itself than in the community. ... Church services tend to be sad and somber. ... People attend church out of guilt and obligation.

I assured him many churches do not fit this description. "There are thousands of congregations that reflect God's love and compassion. They care about people and reach out to those in need."

He threw me a surprised glance. "Where?" he asked.

"You can attend almost any Assemblies of God church and know that the people there are real," I replied. "And there are other churches as well that offer what you're looking for."

He smiled, saying, "I'll give one a try."

This stranger reminded me that the world is weary of condemnation, distrusting of isolationists, and disinterested in ritualistic religion. They want to be part of a loving spiritual family who responds to hurting people and worships a God who forgives the imperfections of His children.

May the Assemblies of God continue to be a church extending the hand of hope to people in need and offering another chance to those who have struck out ... because millions are secretly searching for a place they can proudly call their spiritual home.

— Hal Donaldson, who served as editor of the Pentecostal Evangel for 13 years, leads Convoy of Hope in Springfield, Mo.

 

 

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