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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 26, 2013 - Blockbuster Events

By William E. Richardson

During the summer of 1975, the film "Jaws" exceeded all expectations, earning more than $100 million. In the process, it started a new trend in motion pictures: the summer blockbuster.

In the Christian world, acts of service can be blockbuster events, during the summer and year-round. Opportunities to shine for God come in all sizes.

Large-scale projects involving a lot of people and targeting a specific need may touch an entire neighborhood or a whole town. Other group activities might focus on one family needing help.

But most day-to-day blockbuster events are low-key, without publicity, without fanfare. They are single acts of service, perhaps with little planning. They are quiet deeds, intended simply to help someone. But to the individuals receiving the help, they deliver blockbuster impact.

Jesus surprised His listeners by how He defined Christian service. He emphasized what flows from the giver's heart to the one receiving. His unlikely example: a caring Samaritan.

Jesus also warned, "Watch out! Don't do your good deeds publicly, to be admired by others, for you will lose the reward from your Father in heaven" (Matthew 6:1, NLT).

Unlike many summer movies that have reached blockbuster status, our kind actions don't have to be presented with Hollywood hype or burst onto the scene with a big wow factor. God needs more volunteers willing to identify closer to the Good Samaritan than to Steven Spielberg.

Blockbuster event opportunities abound. Some are big events, but most are simple acts of Christian service to individuals and families around us. All true blockbuster events represent the love of Jesus to others.

What coming attractions has God placed in your heart to perform in His name to benefit someone else?

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



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