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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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August 5, 2013 - Songs of Hope

By Dorothy Rugg

When I hear birds chirping loudly in the morning, it brings joy to my heart. To me, singing birds are one of creation's expressions of joy and praise to God for His goodness. I listen to the joyful songs outside my window and think of renewal, new hope, new growth and new life.

But I don't stop with nature's beauty. I like to apply those same truths to the Word of God. The Word of God is what sustains, leads and guides me. It is my true source of hope, always pointing me to Jesus Christ.

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near" (Hebrews 10:23-25, NASB).

All of us face difficulties and hardships, but we can have hope if we look to the One who offers us hope. I often find myself saying, "What do people do who don't have the Lord?" The truth is, they turn to many other things, trying to find peace and fulfillment in their lives. But the God who created us wants each individual to fill that longing, that emptiness we have, with Him.

Have you ever thought about this Scripture? "Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer" (Romans 12:12, NIV).

The only way I know of being joyful in spite of everything life throws our way is to know we have a Savior who went to Calvary and paid the price for all of what we go through in this life. God's Word tells that story. The Word sustains me; the Word gives me hope; the Word helps me.

I can say as Jeremiah said in Lamentations 3:19-25: "I remember my affliction and my wandering, the bitterness and the gall. I well remember them, and my soul is downcast within me. Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord's great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. I say to myself, 'The Lord is my portion; therefore I will wait for him.' The Lord is good to those whose hope is in him, to the one who seeks him."

God's Word is full of hope. I want to encourage you today to keep on hoping. My prayer for you is found in Romans 15:13: "I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit" (NLT).

— Dorothy Rugg and husband James live in Dalton, Pa., and pastor Mill City Assembly of God.



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